Wilfrid Laurier University’s Honours BA in Policing and Combined Honours BA in Criminology and Policing programs are designed for busy professionals by experts in the field. The goal of these student-centric programs is to provide a quality education with the convenience of a 100% online degree. Ranked No. 1 in student satisfaction by Maclean’s, Laurier makes education accessible with online support from a Student Success Advisor throughout the entire program, as well as transfer credits for previous college credentials, and financial aid. View more about each program below:

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Honours BA in Policing and Combined Honours BA in Criminology and Policing programs are designed for busy professionals. These programs deliver quality education with the convenience and flexibility of a 100% online degree.

View more about each program below:

Honours Bachelor of Arts in Policing

The online Honours BA in Policing is designed for current police officers. Courses are taught by experts in the field and address relevant topics in modern law enforcement.

  • You can advance your career with an Honours BA while continuing to work shifts.
  • Your prior education may enable you to transfer up to 10 of 20 credits.
  • You will join an active learning community and network with a variety of law enforcement professionals.
  • Hear first-hand experiences related to trauma and critical incidents to help you develop strategies for personal resiliency.

Sample coursework includes

  • Leadership and Career Development in Law Enforcement
  • Mental Health, Addiction and Crime
  • Media, Social Media and Crime

Admissions Requirements

Due to the broad range of police work that is available, the program is specifically designed for the types of officers listed below who have at least one year of professional work experience and who are:

  • Currently employed by, or retired from, a police service or law enforcement organization and meets the definition of a police officer under s.2 of the Ontario Police Services Act or similar legislation defining police officer at the provincial or federal level of government;
  • Police officers who are employed by a First Nations Police Service;
  • Special Constables who are employed by a governmental agency; and
  • Authorized by, and accountable to, the appropriate jurisdictional legislation (e.g., Police Services Act, RCMP Act) to enforce provincial and federal legislation.

You may be able to reduce the time and cost of the degree by transferring up to 10 of the 20 total credits required.

Bachelor of Arts in Policing

The online Honours BA in Policing is designed for current police officers. Courses are taught by experts in the field and address relevant topics in modern law enforcement.

  • You can advance your career with a BA while continuing to work shifts.
  • Your prior education may enable you to transfer credits.
  • You will join an active learning community and network with law enforcement professionals.
Combined Honours BA in Criminology and Policing

You don’t have to be a police officer to apply. This program is open to anyone passionate about the law and public service. Explore areas such as the psychology of crime while maintaining your professional as well as personal life.

  • Open to anyone, so no prior law enforcement experience is needed.
  • Accessible 24/7, so you can take classes that fit your schedule.
  • Combined focus on criminology and policing gives a broader view of public safety.
  • Learn the psychology of why crimes occur and how individuals are brought to justice.

Sample coursework includes

  • Women, Law and Crime
  • Multiple Murder
  • Psychology of Crime

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must be permanent residents or citizens of Canada
  • High school transfers: a secondary school diploma from within Canada with at least a mid-70s average, including university-level English at 60% or higher
  • College transfers: 70% or higher overall average, with a minimum of 1 year completed in an academic college program
  • University transfers: 67% or higher overall average, with a minimum of six months of study completed
  • For high school, college, or university students with an international education background, all previous education must be assessed by World Education Services (WES)

After you apply, an admissions coordinator will evaluate your transcripts to provide an initial assessment. Your final assessment of transfer credits will be completed by the Admissions Committee once your file has been submitted for review.

 

Combined Honours BA in Criminology and Policing

You don’t have to be a police officer to apply*. This program is open to anyone passionate about the law and public service.

  • Accessible 24/7, so you can take classes that fit your schedule.
  • Combined focus on criminology and policing gives a broader view of public safety.
  • Learn the psychology of why crimes occur and how individuals are brought to justice.


*a secondary school diploma from within Canada with at least a mid-70s average, including university-level English at 60% or higher