Designed for Police Officers by Police Officers

As a police officer, you are asked to continuously be a leader, through your commitment to excellence in serving your community as well as continuously exploring possibilities to better aid the public. With Laurier’s 100% online policing degree taught by experienced officers at an established and accredited university, we can help you enhance your role as a leader through a curriculum that is designed to help you understand the changing world of policing.

Why Choose Laurier’s BA in Policing?
  • Prepare for leadership positions with a degree in policing
  • Take courses online with other police officers
  • Gain up to 10 transfer credits to save time and money
  • Study areas deemed critical by law enforcement leaders throughout Canada

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Wilfrid Laurier University: A Canadian Leader in Online Policing Degrees

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development recognizes crime and justice as areas of institutional strength for Laurier. Our academic and institutional tradition thrives in the online space where a focus on community and developing lives of purpose and citizenship are shared. Access your assignments and participate in discussion groups from anywhere that has an Internet connection.

Online BA in Policing Program Curriculum

The BA in Policing curriculum is designed to provide you with the skills to evaluate and apply different perspectives to better operate in a society that often scrutinizes and challenges police actions.

Below is a sample list of courses you will be required to complete for the online BA in Policing program:

  • PD100: Models of Policing (0.5 credit)
  • PD202: Leadership and Career Development in Law Enforcement (0.5 credit)
  • PD306: Ethics, Corruption, and Police Accountability (0.5 credit)
  • PD402: Indigenous Communities and Policing (0.5 credit)
  • PD404: Cybercrime (0.5 credit)

Looking for the full course list? Get your curriculum guide here.

Admission 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.

Careers and Outcomes

Knowledge Sought By Employers

  • Information Security Risk Assesment
  • Asset Protection
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Human Intelligence (HUMINT)

Job Titles

  • Probation Officer/ Community Youth Worker
  • Police Chief
  • Policy Criminal Intelligence Analyst
  • Director of Security

$44,050 - $110,000 Annual Salaries Range

The BA in Policing provides the foundation and credentials you need to accomplish your goals and stand out from the competition for leadership roles, especially in police organizations that place an importance on a commitment to lifelong learning.  

Post-secondary education can also open up opportunities for transferring between police organization, and second careers in consulting.

Laurier online BA in Policing students and graduates have gone on to positions, such as:

  • Chief of Police / Commissioner / Chief Constable
  • Deputy Chief of Police / Deputy Chief Constable
  • Staff Superintendent
  • Inspector
  • Sergeant Major
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Detective
  • Police Constable 1st Class / Detective Constable

For more information, download the curriculum guide.