Policing (BA in Combination)

Examine the critical role and complexities of policing in modern society. Our program was created in consultation with law enforcement agencies across Canada. You’ll study relevant and current topics to modern-day policing, including diversity, ethics, and police psychology. Graduates prepare to pursue a career in law enforcement or related fields. You must combine this online program with another Bachelor of Arts program to complement your learnings in policing.

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Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll get in the Policing program:

  • Participate in the Policing community page online, Community Space for Policing Degree, and meet other students in your online community.
  • Attend the Criminology Students' Association Annual Conference and public Criminology lecture series to hear from industry experts.
  • Learn about Research Assistantship opportunities in your area of interest and work one-on-one with professors from your program.

Check out the Policing Experience Guide.

 

2020 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies

 

Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*

 

students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2019/20

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

Admissions

Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or May (spring term, Brantford only)    OUAC code: UPC (combined with a Brantford campus program); UPB (combined with Psychology, Brantford campus); UPD (combined with a Waterloo campus program); UPE(combined with Psychology, Waterloo campus)
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: low 80s.
  • English at 60%.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

Completed the first year of a college program:

  • Minimum admission average of 70% for part-time studies in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) program.
  • Minimum admission average of 75% for full-time studies in a BA program.

Completed a two-year diploma or two years of a three-year advanced diploma:

  • Minimum admission average of 70% for part-time studies in a BA program.

Completed a two to three-year advanced diploma:

  • Minimum admission average of 70% for full-time studies in a BA program.
Note: Possession of the minimum admission average does not guarantee admission. Unless otherwise noted, you are considered for admission into full-time studies.
Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Details

About Laurier's Policing Program

Our combination Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Policing program is unlike any other in Canada. Combining a BA in Policing (offered online) with another BA program in Waterloo or Brantford – such as Psychology, Criminology, Health Studies or Religion and Culture – enhances the breadth and depth of your knowledge by expanding perspectives and experiences.

Extensive consultations with law enforcement agencies across Canada helped to shape the topics covered in this program. Topics include leadership, communication, diversity, ethics and building resilience. An advisory board ensures the course material stays relevant and current.

Acquire Key Skills

The courses are designed to provide you with the skills to critically evaluate and apply different perspectives of our rapidly changing modern communities to police work experiences.

  • Analysis and interpretation to productively contribute to law enforcement policy development.
  • Application of criminological and psychological theories, and perspectives to interpret and critique law enforcement issues.
  • Refined interpersonal communication to enhance leadership skills.
  • Sharpened critical thinking abilities to analyze and understand multiple perspectives and issues encountered in the field to better serve individuals and the communities.
  • Crafting and delivery of arguments using logic and sound reasoning.

 

Program Options and Courses

Design Your Degree

You must combine this program with another Bachelor of Arts degree at Laurier, from either our Waterloo or Brantford campus. Some popular options include:

Sample Courses

  • Civil Unrest: The State's Use of Force Against its Citizens
  • Cybercrime
  • Ethics, Corruption and Policy Accountability
  • Immigration and Conflict Zones
  • Mental Health, Addiction, and Crime
  • Police Psychology
  • Reasoning and Argumentation in the Criminal Justice System
Learn more about courses offered in the Policing program.

Community Service-Learning

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Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses at Laurier integrate service in the community with what you are learning in your classes. Placements are approximately 10 weeks and take place on a weekly basis from the second week of classes to the final week, typically for two hours per week.

CSL placements consist of volunteering at a local community service, such as a soup kitchen or a children's treatment centre. It’s a great way to apply classroom knowledge and gain practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, develop your network, and graduate with experience.

Interested? Learn more about Community Service-Learning.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"I would highly recommend this program for any current officers, or someone looking towards a career in law enforcement. There's lots of opportunity out there."

Chas Zekeres, Policing graduate

Your Career Awaits

Graduates of the combination Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Policing will be well positioned to function and contribute in a range of public safety professions or pursue graduate studies in policing, criminal justice, law or related disciplines.

Note: Successful completion of the combination BA in Policing does not in itself provide any guarantee of recruitment as a police constable.

Possible career paths include:

  • by-law enforcement officer
  • civilian police service worker
  • conservation officer
  • corporate security
  • corrections officer
  • customs and boarder security officer
  • fraud investigator
  • loss prevention specialist
  • military/armed forces
  • policy analyst/advisor
  • private investigation
  • probation/parole officer
  • special constable

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Program Location

Courses for our Policing program are offered entirely in an online format. Designed to engage students in multiple formats such as student-instructor, student-content and student-student interaction, so you have significant opportunities to interact with other students in your class.

The program you choose to combine with Policing will determine whether your degree will be entirely online or if you will be required to take courses on one of our two undergraduate campuses, for example:

  • If you choose to combine your major in Policing with Criminology, you will attend classes on our Brantford campus.
  • If you choose to combine your major in Policing with Sociology, you will attend classes on our Waterloo campus.

To better understand whether your program will entirely be online or if you will be attending one of our campuses, visit the Bachelor of Arts (BA) program page you plan to combine with your Policing major.

"I'm a retired officer after 39 years of policing in Canada. The Policing BA doesn't help my career as would be the main reason for most students. For me, the program helps me to be introspective and evaluate past successes and failures. I enjoy that I can take classes online from anywhere."

Vincent Eagan, Policing graduate

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.