RMC the University



The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) is a national university for educating and developing leaders committed to serving Canada. To achieve this goal, the demands of an RMC education go beyond academic achievement.

For officer cadets of the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) or the University Training Plan - Non-Commissioned Members (UTPNCM), the RMC degree consists of four interlocking pillars: Academics, Military, Physical Fitness and Bilingualism, each of which is incorporated throughout the formal and informal elements of the RMC programme.

Long-standing co-operative ventures with Queen's have now been extended to undergraduate courses. Cadets at RMC and students at Queen's may now, subject to departmental approval, take undergraduate courses at the other institution and count these courses as credits towards their degrees. Normally, the choice of courses will be limited to third and fourth year courses.

For members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who undertake their undergraduate studies at RMC through correspondence, on site, at a distance, or at the RMC campus, the RMC degree provides them with the same fundamental philosophical foundation as the officer cadets who complete their studies through one of the subsidized education programmes.

For non-military students, in addition to benefiting from the philosophy governing the four interlocking pillars, an RMC education provides them with fundamental Canadian values and international values cherished by nations of the free world.


The primary role of the Royal Military College of Canada is to educate and develop Canadians into leaders committed to serving the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Canada.


The objectives of the Royal Military College of Canada are:

  1. To prepare and motivate Canadians for effective service as commissioned officers in the Canadian Armed Forces by:
    • providing a university education in both official languages in appropriate disciplines designed on a broad base to meet the unique needs of the Forces,
    • developing qualities of leadership,
    • developing a high standard of personal physical fitness, and
    • stimulating an awareness of the ethic of the military profession;
  2. To improve in appropriate fields the educational background of students who are commissioned officers in the Canadian Armed Forces by providing undergraduate and post-graduate courses in both official languages; and
  3. To foster and encourage faculty participation in research in order to sustain academic excellence. Research with a defence focus is encouraged.

The goal is to produce military leaders dedicated to serving Canada, who are motivated, well educated, ethical, bilingual and physically fit.

The Four Pillars of an RMC Education


The academics pillar fosters the critical intellectual skills required to understand the complexities of living in the 21st century. The academic programme emphasizes the practical applications of what has been learned to military settings and daily operational demands. All degree programmes offered at RMC are designed to provide a sound, balanced, liberal, scientific and military education.


The demands of an officer in today's complex rapidly changing security environment are significant. Thus, the military pillar develops those personal skills and abilities that lead to success in most of life's endeavours. Leadership training provided by the RMC experience will help students, as they begin their studies at RMC and along with other experiences, prepare them to make difficult decisions under stressful conditions through deeper understanding of the factors affecting their role as a leader. The nature of military leadership and military operations necessitates an in-depth understanding of human behaviour. Therefore, studies in military psychology and leadership are part of the required academic curriculum. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of personal integrity, ethical behaviour, and professional responsibility.

Physical Fitness

Under the physical fitness pillar, RMC teaches students the importance of fitness and developing a healthy lifestyle as a lifelong endeavour. Striving for a higher level of physical fitness can inspire those around them and has been shown to improve one's quality of life and learning. Officer Cadets are required to take part in the physical education programme designed to achieve and maintain a high level of fitness and to learn the basic fundamentals in a wide variety of team and individual sports.


The bilingualism pillar reflects Canada's cultural heritage. As representatives of this heritage, officers are expected to be fluent in both of Canada's official languages - English and French. Your responsibilities as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces will require you to lead young Canadians that are primarily Anglophone or francophone. RMC has been training officers to communicate effectively in both French and English for well over 30 years. RMC helps make this learning process an interesting one with class time as well as integration into daily life at RMC.

Post Nominal:

Only students in ROTP or RETP who successfully complete the four interlocking pillars, which includes one of the following acceptable degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Honours), or Bachelor of Engineering, merit the "rmc" - post nominal. Senate remains the approving authority for determining successful completion of the four pillars, and hence the awarding of the post nominal.

Officers of Administration

Chancellor and President
The Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Harjit Singh Sajjan MP, OMM, MSM, CD, deputy
Commandant and Vice Chancellor
Brigadier-General Sébastien Bouchard, OMM, MSM, CD, rmc
Dr. Harry J. Kowal, CD, BEng, MSAe, MA(SS), MDS, PhD, PEng, Bgen (Ret'd)

The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors was established in 1997. Its role is to review and approve the strategic direction of the college, and to provide advice to the Minister of National Defence on all matters relating to the college as required.


The Senate was created by the Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959, and is composed of the Chancellor and President, the Commandant, the Principal and Director of Studies, the Vice-Principal, the Deans of the academic faculties, the Director of Cadets, the Registrar, who also acts as Secretary, the Academic Director of RMC St-Jean, a Faculty representative and a Faculty Association representative.

Its function is to grant degrees and honorary degrees. To ensure that the quality of RMC degrees being granted meet the highest standards the Senate of the College has empowered a number of Standing Committees, as part of Academic governance.

Deans’ Council

Deans’ Council (DC) is a Standing Committee of Senate. It is composed of the Principal as Chair, the Registrar, who is also the Secretary, the Vice-Principals, the Deans of the Faculties, the Academic Director at RMC Saint-Jean, the Associate Vice-Principal Academic, the Special Assistant to the Principal, and the Director of Cadets (only for appeals related to matters of academic integrity). DC is a decision-making body within the Academic Wing on all academic matters that are not matters of Senate or Faculty Council. DC is a forum for discussions and deliberation on decisions that affect the leadership and management of the Academic Wing or for matters destined for Senate or Faculty Council. DC is the final authority for academic appeals related to academic integrity violations, except when an appeal is made which involves a sanction of expulsion.

Faculty Council

The Faculty Council (FC) is a Standing Committee of Senate. It is composed of the Principal as Chair, the Registrar, who is also the Secretary, the Vice-Principals, the Deans of the Faculties, the Heads or Acting Heads of the various departments, the Director of Cadets, and other members of the senior staff designated by the Chair.

Its function is to:

  • act as the decision-making body on all academic matters that are not matters of Senate (matters of the Senate are contained in the Senate By-laws); and
  • review and take action as deemed necessary on all Faculty Board recommendations; and
  • be responsible for the compilation and recommendation to Senate of the graduands’ lists for all convocations; and
  • recommend to Senate the granting of Emeritus status for deserving faculty; and
  • provide academic advice to the Commandant in the form of recommendations concerning any matter of an academic nature.

Faculty Board

The Faculty Board (FB) is a Standing Committee of Senate. It is composed of the Principal as Chair, the Registrar, who is also the Secretary, the Professors, the Associate Professors, the Assistant Professors, the Lecturers, the Chief Librarian, the Director of Administration, the Director of Cadets, the Officers of the Military Wing, all other members of the senior staff designated by the Chair, and students representing the student body invited by the Chair to attend.

The function of the Faculty Board is to:

  • make recommendations to the Faculty Council concerning any matter; and in particular, those of an academic nature; and
  • elect a Faculty Board Representative to Senate, who will also be RMC’s Colleague to the Council of Ontario Universities. An election will be held approximately every three years or earlier, if the incumbent is unable to fulfill their term; and
  • provide academic advice to the Commandant in the form of recommendations concerning any matter of an academic nature; however, normally these recommendations will pass through Faculty Council first.

Academic Integrity Council

The Academic Integrity Council (AIC) is a Standing Committee of Senate. It is composed of the Vice-Principal Academic as Chair, the Registrar, who is also the Secretary, the associate Deans of the Faculties, and the Deputy Director of Cadets. The AIC promotes and develops measures to encourage Academic Integrity. The AIC will advise Faculty Council, Deans’ Council and Senate on all aspects of Academic Integrity. The AIC is also responsible to review all investigative files and related documentation for cases involving an Academic Integrity violation, and to determine whether an Academic Integrity violation has occurred, and if so, to decide on the appropriate Academic Sanction to be imposed. Commanding Officers for CAF personnel will be notified of any findings and the sanction imposed by the AIC by the Registrar.

Office of The Registrar

Karl Michaud
Associate Registrar (Undergraduate Studies)
Naomi Greer-Ballance
Associate Registrar (Graduate Studies)
Peter Bennett (Acting)
Associate Registrar (Admissions)
Serena Lavendar-Hedrich

Contact the Office of the Registrar

Explanation of Course Codes

Each course is identified by a six character code.

Note: Credit for one-half of a full-year course may be granted and in such cases a seventh character will augment the course identification code. Addition of the digit "(1)" represents completion of the fall term portion of the course while the addition of the digit "(2)" denotes completion of the winter term portion.
Code Explanation
EEE The first two letters indicate the Department or subject of the course; in this example it is Electrical Engineering. The third letter indicates the language in which the course is given, either E for English, as in the above example, or F for Français (French).
331 The three-digit course numbering indicates exactly which course in a subject area is referred to. The first digit indicates the year in which the course is normally offered. The second and third digits indicate the departmental course number.

Credit and Contact Hours (as used in conjunction with course descriptions)

Code Explanation
Credit The number of credits students will receive upon finishing the course; these credits can be either academic or military. Normally 1 credit is given for a "one term" course and 2 credits for a "full year" course.
Contact Hours
The estimated number of hours per week, the course requires. The first number indicates the hours in the classroom. The second number indicates the hours of laboratory or practical work. The third number indicates the estimated hours of at-home study.

Identification of Course Codes

Code Subject Department Responsible
AEE Aeronautical Engineering Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
ATH Physical Fitness Pillar Athletic Department
BAE Business Administration Management and Economics
CEE Civil Engineering Civil Engineering
CCE Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
CSE Computer Science Mathematics and Computer Science
ECE Economics Management and Economics
EEE Electrical Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering
ENE English Footnote1 English
FRF French, Literature, and Culture Footnote1 French, Literature, and Culture
GEE General Engineering Faculty of Engineering
GOE Geography Political Science
HIE History History
MAE Mathematics Mathematics and Computer Science
MEE Mechanical Engineering Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
MSE Military and Strategic Studies Military and Strategic Studies
PHE Physics Physics and Space Science
PMT Professional Military Training Training Wing
POE Political Science Political Science
PSE Psychology Military Psychology and Leadership
SLE Second Language Footnote1 Language Centre
SOE Sociology Military Psychology and Leadership
SPE Spanish Footnote1 French, Literature, and Culture
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