Undergraduate Academic Programmes

 

Note: Any RMC student (not including those in Preparatory Year at RMC Saint-Jean during the 2019-2020 Academic Year), military or civilian, who is currently enrolled in a programme of study at RMC, and who has taken courses prior to 8 September 2020 will be granted legacy rights by Senate such that they will not be required to pass ATE101, ATE301 or any LCF course in order to meet the requirements of their programme of study, even if they change programmes before or after 8 September 2020 or are required to repeat an academic year provided they remain subsidized under ROTP. ROTP students granted legacy rights will not be required to pass ATE101, ATE301 or any LCF course; however, they will still be required to take Athletics courses (ATH courses), pass the RMC Physical Performance Test (PPT) standards as outlined in the Course training Plan (Further, every ROTP student must pass the Canadian Forces Minimum Physical Fitness Standard (MPFS) in accordance with CAF policy; currently the FORCE Evaluation is the MPFS), and to take Second Official Language and Education Training (SOLET) to obtain BBB on the Public Service Commission (PSC) Second Language Evaluation (SLE) as a requirement of ROTP at RMC. Any RMC student, military or civilian who is currently enrolled in a programme of study at RMC, and who has taken courses prior to 8 September 2020, or any student who was previously granted and conferred a degree and wishes to obtain a second degree in accordance with Academic Regulation 4 or to upgrade their degree in accordance with Academic Regulation 5 will be granted legacy rights by Senate if they are admitted into their new programme of study no later than 8 September 2020; anyone after this date will not be granted legacy rights by Senate. Any RMC student, military or civilian who is currently enrolled in a certificate at RMC, and who has taken courses prior to 8 September 2020, and is admitted to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Engineering will be granted legacy rights by Senate if they are admitted into their new programme of study no later than 8 September 2020; anyone after this date will not be granted legacy rights by Senate. Any RMC Saint-Jean students who were in their Preparatory Year during the 2019-2020 academic year will not be granted legacy rights by Senate; all remaining RMC Saint-Jean students who were students at RMC Saint-Jean during the 2019-2020 academic year will be granted legacy rights by Senate.

General Information

Introduction

All degree programmes are offered in English and in French. A student will normally register in academic courses given in the student's first official language. Students who have reached the functional level in their second language may register in courses in their second language and in courses taught in a bilingual format. The academic year is divided into three terms, the Fall Term, the Winter Term and the Summer term. The academic year for full-time students normally extends from late August until May.

Degrees and Programmes Offered

The Royal Military College of Canada offers academic programmes leading to the undergraduate degrees listed below. It should be noted that not all programmes are open to students under the ROTP entry plan.

 
Undergraduate Degree Minimum credits required Programmes Available
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • B.A. (Hons)
40
  • Business Administration
  • English, Culture, and Comunnication
  • French, Literature, and Culture
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Military and Strategic Studies
  • Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • B.A.
40
  • Business Administration
  • English, Culture, and Comunnication
  • French, Literature, and Culture
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Military and Strategic Studies
  • Psychology
30  
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • B.Sc. (Hons)
42
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Space Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • B.Sc.
42
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Space Science
  • Bachelor of Science (General)
  • B.Sc. (Gen) Footnote 1
30  
  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • B.Eng.
Programme
specific
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (Honours)
  • B.M.A.Sc. (Hons) Footnote 2
40
  • Specialization in Military Studies
  • Bachelor of Military Arts and Science
  • B.M.A.Sc. Footnote 2
30  
 

College Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum represents the minimum content in certain areas which are required content of all RMC degrees. However, all students need not pass exactly the same pattern of courses in order.

The Core Curriculum contains within it two separate themes;

  1. The first theme is the minimum standard for Mathematics (which also includes Logic and Information Technology) and Sciences (Chemistry or Biology and Physics).

  2. The second theme is a basic requirement in the study of Canadian History, Language and Culture, Political Science, International Relations and Leadership and Ethics.

First Year

First Year may be completed in; Arts, Science, or Engineering. Students who complete the First Year Science or Engineering Programme may proceed in Engineering or in Science in subsequent years. They may also enter Second Year Arts but will be required to make up specific Arts courses from First Year.

Double Major

A student, who successfully completes the 16 credits required for each Major of two separate disciplines, will receive a Double Major. See your department for details.

Combined or Joint Programme

Some departments offer a Combined Major or a Joint Major. When the Combined Major or Joint Major is in conjunction with a Science Programme, the Science Programme takes precedence, and the core courses for Science Programmes must be followed. See your department for details.

Minor

In addition to the Honours or Major, students may also develop a Minor in one subject which is not an integral part of their Major. See your department for details.

Arts Degree Programmes

Students in the Arts will normally select a Major in their second year. Application for entry into Honours programmes will be made to the department and will normally be done during the third year. (Or at the beginning of the third year in the case of Business Administration.)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

A Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree will be awarded if the following conditions are completed:

  • core courses for arts programmes;
  • 20 programme specific credits (including any applicable core courses);
  • elective credits, as required, to meet the total programme credits.

Bachelor of Arts

A Bachelor of Arts degree will be awarded if the following conditions are completed:

  • core courses for arts programmes;
  • 16 programme specific credits (including any applicable core courses);
  • elective credits, as required, to meet the total programme credits.

Core Courses for Arts Programmes

The following is a list of courses required by all students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or a Bachelor of Arts offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

A total of 21 credits:

All of the following courses:

  • ENE110: Introduction to Literary Studies and University Writing Skills (2 credits)
  • ENE210: Reading the Contemporary World (2 credits)
  • HIE101: The Historical Origins of the Contemporary World (1 credit)
  • HIE103: Canada (1 credit)
  • HIE203: Introduction to Canadian Military History (1 credit) Arts Programmes Footnote 3
  • HIE271: Introduction to Military History and Thought (1 credit) Arts Programmes Footnote 4
  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology (1 credit)
  • PSE301: Organizational Behaviour and Leadership (1 credit)
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics (1 credit)
  • POE116: Introduction to International Relations (1 credit)
  • POE205: Canadian Politics and Society (1 credit)
  • MAE103: Precalculus Mathematics (1 credit) Arts Programmes Footnote 5
  • MAE106: Discrete Mathematics with Probability (1 credit)
  • MAE113: Calculus for the Liberal Arts (1 credit)
  • 1 Physics Course (1 credit)
  • 1 Chemistry or Biology Course (1 credit)
  • 1 Information Technology: (1 credit) Arts Programmes Footnote 6

Plus one (1) of the following two courses: Arts Programmes Footnote 7

  • ECE103: Introduction to Microeconomics (1 credit)
  • ECE104: Introduction to Macroeconomics (1 credit)

Plus one (1) of the following four courses:

  • POE102: Introduction to Political Science (1 credit)
  • PSE105: Social Psychology (1 credit)
  • ECE103: Introduction to Microeconomics (1 credit)
  • ECE104: Introduction to Macroeconomics (1 credit)

Plus the following courses:

  • ATE101: Foundations of Fitness, Health and Sports
  • ATE301: Unarmed Combatives, Military Skills and Individual Sports
  • LCF100 : Compétence de base – partie I
  • LCF200 : Compétence de base – partie II
  • LCF300 : Compétence intermédiaire – partie I
  • LCF400 : Compétence intermédiaire – partie II
 

Detailed descriptions of the requirements for each arts programme can be found by following the link below:

Science Degree Programmes

Science Programmes

Note: Students in the Science will normally select a Major in their second year. With the approval of the Dean of Science, students who complete second year Engineering may be permitted to enter any third year Science programme. With the approval of the Dean of Engineering, students who complete second year of a Science programme may be permitted to enter third-year engineering with some additional courses.

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

A Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree will be awarded if the following conditions are completed:

  • core courses for science programmes:
  • 20 programme specific credits (including the common core courses for the science programmes if the course meets the programme requirement):
  • A senior project (2 credits);
  • elective credits, as required, to meet the total programme credits (normally 50% from science or engineering, subject to department approval).

Normally a student must obtain a 70% average in the first year to be eligible for entry into an Honours programme in the second year. A student with a 70% average in the second year may be eligible to enter the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in the third year. A student with an average of 70% in second and third years combined may be eligible to enter the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in the fourth year. (SLT marks are not to be included in calculating the average.)

A student must normally maintain a 70% average in the subsequent years of the programme of study or may be required to withdraw from the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and continue in a Bachelor of Science. A student who has been required to withdraw from the Bachelor of Science (Honours) may apply to the Dean for reinstatement after two academic terms.

Bachelor of Science

A Bachelor of Science will be awarded upon successful completion of:

  • core courses for science programmes;
  • 16 programme specific credits (including the common core courses for the science programmes, if the course meets the programme requirement):
  • elective credits, as required, to meet the total programme credits (normally 50% from science or engineering, subject to department approval).

Core Courses for Science Programmes

The following is a list of courses required by all students enrolled in a Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Science offered by the Faculty of Science.

A total of 18 credits:

  • ENE100: Introduction to Literary Studies and University Writing Skills (2 credits)
  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology (1 credit)
  • PSE301: Organizational Behaviour and Leadership (1 credit)
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics (1 credit)
  • CCE101: Introductory Chemistry (2 credits) Science Programmes Footnote 8
  • CSE101: Introduction to Algorithms and Computing (1 credit)
  • MAE101: Introductory Calculus (2 credits)
  • MAE129: Introduction to Algebra (1 credit)
  • HIE203: Introduction to Canadian Military History (1 credit)
  • HIE207: Canada (1 credit)
  • HIE271: Introduction to Military History and Thought (1 credit) Science Programmes Footnote 9
  • PHE104: General Physics (2 credits)
  • POE116: Introduction to International Relations (1 credit) Science Programmes Footnote 10
  • POE205: Canadian Civics and Society (1 credit)

Plus the following courses:

  • ATE101: Foundations of Fitness, Health and Sports
  • ATE301: Unarmed Combatives, Military Skills and Individual Sports
  • LCF100 : Compétence de base – partie I
  • LCF200 : Compétence de base – partie II
  • LCF300 : Compétence intermédiaire – partie I
  • LCF400 : Compétence intermédiaire – partie II

Interdisciplinary Minor in Life Sciences

The Faculty of Science sponsors an interdisciplinary Minor in Life Sciences available to any candidate with the necessary prerequisites. The required courses include:

  • CCE240; CCE241; CCE242; CCE244;
  • one of CCE385 or CCE460;
  • one credit in a statistic's course offered by either the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
 

Detailed descriptions of the requirements for each science programme can be found by following the link below:

Engineering Degree Programmes

Bachelor of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering is responsible for the education of future officers for professional careers in engineering in the Canadian Armed Forces. Of primary concern is the development of professional competence in areas applicable to the military and society at large. The curriculum is a mixture of domain-specific engineering courses rounded out by knowledge-broadening courses in the humanities.

RMC offers six engineering programmes: Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering. All programmes are offered in both English and French. All Engineering programmes are based on a common first year with specialization commencing in the second year of study. The successful solution to any engineering problem will inevitably involve the interaction of several subject areas. To give emphasis to this fact, the fourth-year programme includes a realistic engineering project for which students must define the problem as well as find an appropriate engineering solution. The RMC Calendar should be consulted for further details pertaining to the specific curriculum for each of these engineering programmes.

Engineering programmes are a primary focus of this university, with approximately 40% of our graduates being engineers. All RMC programmes are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (Canadian Council of Professional Engineers). These programmes are highly regarded due to their practical application to military problems and the low student to professor ratio. These unique characteristics, along with a commitment for excellence in education, assure successful candidates of an Engineering degree with a difference.

In addition to these accredited engineering programmes, the Faculty of Engineering is also responsible for the Army Technical Staff Officer Program (ATSOP) and the Army Technical Warrant Officer (ATWO) programmes in the Department of Applied Military Science. This commitment provides continuing technical education and responsiveness to the Canadian Forces training needs.

Core Courses for Engineering Programmes

The following is a list of courses required by all students enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering offered by the Faculty of Engineering.

A total of 22.5 credits:

  • ENE100: Introduction to Literary Studies and University Writing Skills (2 credits)
  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology (1 credit)
  • PSE301: Organizational Behaviour and Leadership (1 credit)
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics (1 credit)
  • CCE101: Introductory Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CSE101: Introduction to Algorithms and Computing (1 credit)
  • MAE101: Introductory Calculus (2 credits)
  • MAE129: Introduction to Algebra (1 credit)
  • MAE209: Probability and Statistics (1 credit)
  • MAE226: Multivariable and Vector Calculus (1 credit)
  • MAE227: Differential Equations and Infinite Series (1 credit)
  • HIE203: Introduction to Canadian Military History (1 credit)
  • HIE207: Canada (1 credit)
  • HIE271: Introduction to Military History and Thought (1 credit)
  • HIE289: The Impact of Science and Technology on Society and the Environment (0.5 credit)
  • PHE104: General Physics (2 credits)
  • POE205: Canadian Civics and Society (1 credit)
  • GEE167: Engineering Graphics I (1 credit)
  • GEE293: Managing Engineering Projects (1 credit)

Plus the following courses:

  • ATE101: Foundations of Fitness, Health and Sports
  • ATE301: Unarmed Combatives, Military Skills and Individual Sports
  • LCF100 : Compétence de base – partie I
  • LCF200 : Compétence de base – partie II
  • LCF300 : Compétence intermédiaire – partie I
  • LCF400 : Compétence intermédiaire – partie II
 

Detailed descriptions of the requirements for each engineering programme can be found in the pages of the corresponding department by following the link below:

General Degree Programmes

Note: Course offerings, via distance learning, for Bachelor of Arts (General) or a Bachelor of Science (General) with a Minor or a Concentration are limited at this time and completion of such a degree may require attendance at RMC or the completion of some courses at other universities.

Bachelor of Arts (General)

Note: The Bachelor of Arts (General) is not open to students enrolled in the ROTP or RETP programme.

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities offers a 30-credit Bachelor of Arts (General) degree.

Of the 30 credits:

  • at least 20 must be in Arts;
    • at least 10 of the 20 credits in Arts must be at the senior level, and;
  • at least 15 of the 30 credits must be RMC credits.

Interested students have the option of enrolling in:

  • a Bachelor of Arts (General);
  • a Bachelor of Arts (General) with a Minor (8 credits);
  • a Bachelor of Arts (General) with a Concentration (12 credits).

For the Concentration:

  • 12 credits must be in the chosen discipline (Business Administration; History; Psychology; English, Culture, and Communication; French, Culture, and Language; Political Science; or Economics);
    • at least six of the 12 credits in the chosen concentration must be at the senior level;
    • at least six of the 12 credits in the chosen concentration must be earned through RMC.

Electives may include credits earned as per the RMC Table of Credit Granted.

Common Core Curriculum - Bachelor of Arts (General) with a Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts (General) with a Concentration incorporates, in much the same manner as the BMASc, a compulsory core. Of the 30 credits required, the following 11 credits are mandatory:

All of:

  • BAE268: Introduction to Defence Resource Management (1 credit)
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics (1 credit) (PSE402: Leadership and Ethics is an acceptable alternative in this programme)

One of:

  • POE205: Canadian Civics and Society (1 credit)
  • POE116: Introduction to International Relations (1 credit)

One of:

  • HIE271: Introduction to Military History and Thought (1 credit)
  • HIE275: Survey of Technology and Warfare (1 credit)
  • HIE475: Technology, Society and Warfare (1 credit)

A minimum of one (1) credit in Military History:

  • HIE208: Canadian Military History: A Study of War and Military History, 1867 to the Present (or another course in Military History, such as HIE205: Canadian Military History: (Origins to 1870), or HIE203: Introduction to Canadian Military History) (1 credit)

A minimum of one (1) credit in Canadian History:

  • HIE207: Canada (1 credit) (or another course in Canadian History, such as HIE103: History of Canada (2 credits)

A minimum of one (1) credit in Military Psychology and Leadership:

  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology (1 credit) or Equivalent

A minimum of two (2) credits each in:

  • English, Culture, and Communication (2 credits)
  • Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry or Physics (2 credits)
Note: The Bachelor of Arts (General) without a Concentration includes the 11 core credits listed above plus one of the following courses for a total of 12 mandatory credits. ECE103: Introduction to Microeconomics or ECE104: Introduction to Macroeconomics

The Bachelor of Arts (General) without a Concentration is offered to students who are interested in Arts courses, but who initially have no particular interest in a specific field of study in Arts. The student who has chosen this programme will always have the option later in the course of his/her studies to register in the Bachelor of Arts (General) with a Concentration.

The Bachelor of Arts (General) with a Concentration is offered to students who already have an interest in a given field of study in Arts. The Concentrations in Arts have been designed by the departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities in such a way as to make it easy for a student who has completed the programme with distinction to upgrade his/her degree to an Honours degree with a view to pursuing studies at the graduate level.

Bachelor of Science (General)

Note: The Bachelor of Science (General) is not open to students enrolled in the ROTP or RETP programme.

The Faculty Science offers a 30-credit Bachelor of Science (General) degree.

Of the 30 credits:

  • at least 20 must be in science;
    • 8 of the 20 are either those of the basic First Year Science Core Requirements of RMC (listed below) or equivalent;
    • 12 of the 20 can be from any science course that count towards a science degree, provided the prerequisites for the courses are met.
  • at least 10 of the 30 must be earned through RMC.

Interested students have the option of applying to:

  • a Bachelor of Science (General)
  • a Bachelor of Science (General) with a chosen Minor in Science (Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science)

For the Minor:

  • the requirements of a Minor as defined by the relevant department or by the Faculty of Science must be met if the student has opted to register in the Bachelor of Science (General) with a Minor.

Common Core Curriculum - Bachelor of Science (General)

The Bachelor of Science (General) incorporates a compulsory core of courses. Of the 30 credits required, the following 16 credits are mandatory:

RMC First Year Science Core Requirements (8 credits):

  • MAE101: Introduction to Calculus (2 credits)
  • MAE129: Introduction to Algebra (1 credit)
  • CSE101: Introduction to Algorithms and Computing (1 credit)
  • PHE104: General Physics (2 credits)
  • CCE101: Engineering Chemistry (2 credits)

All of:

  • BAE268: Introduction to Defence Resource Management (1 credit)
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics (1 credit) (PSE402: Leadership and Ethics is an acceptable alternative in this programme)

One of:

  • HIE271: Introduction to Military History and Thought (1 credit)
  • HIE275: Survey of Technology, Society and Warfare (1 credit)
  • HIE475: Technology, Society, and Warfare (1 credit)

One of:

  • POE205: Canadian Politics and Society (1 credit)
  • POE116: Introduction to International Relations) (1 credit)

A minimum of one (1) credit in Military History:

  • HIE208: Canadian Military History: A Study of War and Military History, 1867 to the Present (or another course in Military History, such as HIE205: Canadian Military History: (Origins to 1870)) (1 credit)

A minimum of one (1) credit in Military Psychology and Leadership:

  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology (1 credit)

A minimum of two (2) credits in:

  • English, Culture, and Communication (2 credits)

The Bachelor of Science (General) without a Minor is offered to students who have a general interest in science courses, but who initially have no particular interest in a specific field of study in Science. The student who has chosen this programme will always have the option later in the course of his/her studies to register in the Bachelor of Science (General) with a Minor or in any other university programme requiring basic science courses.

The Bachelor of Science (General) with a Minor is offered to students who already have an interest in a given field of study in Science. The Minors in Science have been designed by the departments in the Faculty of Science in such a way as to make it possible for a student who has completed the programme with distinction to upgrade the degree to an Honours degree with a view to pursuing studies at the graduate level.

Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (BMASc)

The Bachelor of Military Arts and Science is not open to direct entry by ROTP cadets.

The Bachelor of Military Arts and Science reflects the unique mission of RMC as the Canadian military university with a national vision of educating leaders for the country. Through a multidisciplinary programme, students receive an education of atypical breadth, which is oriented towards those issues fundamental to the profession of arms. Core courses in military professionalism and ethics, military history and defence resource management, contribute to the education of military members and civilians with interest in defence issues. The broad scope of courses in the social sciences, humanities and sciences provides students with a rich educational background and with opportunities to develop their unique interests.

Interested students have the option of applying to pursue a minor, of their choice, from among the minors currently available at RMC in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, and for which sufficient DL offerings are available.

General programme learning outcomes

The general learning outcomes for the Bachelor of Military Arts and Science are:

  • Develop the ability to reason scientifically;
  • Develop an understanding of the basics of modern technology;
  • Acquire an understanding of civics and the structure of the Canadian government;
  • Develop knowledge of international affairs;
  • Obtain grounding in military history;
  • Obtain grounding in military theory and strategy;
  • Develop an understanding of ethics and leadership
  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills; and
  • Develop writing and communication skills.

Programme Requirements

The Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (BMASc) is equivalent to a conventional thirty (30) credit degree in terms of quality and quantity of instruction. The BMASc degree is designed to be earned over an extended period, integrating professional training and academic study.

The compulsory core for the BMASc programme includes the following 11 credits:

  • BAE268: Introduction to Defence Resource Management
  • HIE208: Canadian Military History: A Study of War and Military History, 1867 to the Present (or another military history course)
  • HIE275: Survey of Technology, Society and Warfare
  • POE116: Introduction to International Relations
  • POE205: Canadian Politics and Society
  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics
  • 2 credits in English: one credit in literature, plus one credit in either literature or grammar
  • 2 credits in Science (Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics)

The 30 credits taken in the BMASc programme must also meet the following conditions/requirements:​

  • Residency requirement: at least 10 credits must be taken through RMC.
  • Senior level requirement: An appropriate number (at least 10) must be at the senior level (300 or 400-level courses), and among these at least 5 must be earned through RMC.
  • Military Content requirement: At least 15 of the minimum 30 required credits must have military content

For the purpose of the BMASc degree, a credit with military content is defined as one in which the learning is directly related to a military topic. There are several ways in which a credit is considered to contain military credit:

  • the student has completed a course in which the main focus is clearly of a military nature (e.g., CCE204: Military Chemistry, or HIE371: War and the Military Profession).
  • the student has taken a general course but directed his/her personal research to areas of a military nature (ex: the student is taking a course on the rise of modern Germany but in which papers are focused on military aspects, such as "German Defensive Innovations on the Eastern Front, 1943-44"). In these cases, students are required to submit proof of their research (i.e., a copy of the relevant papers) before any military content credits are granted.
Note: Students have the option of applying to a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science without a chosen minor or to a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science with a minor (8 credits) in the following disciplines:  Business Administration; English, Culture, and Communication; French, Literature, and Culture; History; Political Science and Psychology.

References:

Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (Honours) (BMASc (Hons))

The Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (Honours) is not open to direct entry by ROTP cadets.

Programme Requirements

The Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (Honours) (BMASc (Hons)) is equivalent to a conventional forty (40) credit Honours degree in terms of quality and quantity of instruction. The BMASc (Hons) degree is designed to be earned over an extended period, integrating professional training and academic study. This 40-credit Honours degree, with a specialization in Military Studies, is designed for students registered in the BMASc programme who intend to pursue graduate studies after completion of their Bachelor's degree. The students who complete the Honours programme will have met one important requirement for admission into a Graduate Studies programme.

Those interested in registering in the BMASc (Hons) programme are required to:

  • file the Request to Change Programme form once they have earned at least 20 university credits;
  • maintained an average of not less than B- in their university courses; and
  • fax the form to Admissions.

The compulsory core for the BMASc (Hons) programme includes the following 13 credits:

    The BMASc (Hons) programme has the same 11-credit core curriculum as the General programme, plus a Directed Research Project (MAS400), which counts for 2 credits, for a total of 13 compulsory credits.

    The 40 credits taken in the BMASc (Hons) programme must also meet the following conditions/requirements:​
      • Residency requirement: at least 20 (i.e., 18 one-term credits, plus 2 for the Directed Research Project (DRP)) of the course credits must be taken through RMC.
      • Senior level requirement: An appropriate number (at least 20) must be at the senior level (300 or 400-level courses) of which 10 must be RMC senior credits.
        • To ensure honours standing, students must achieve at least a B in the DRP (MAS400) and maintain, as a minimum, a B average in senior-level courses and at least a B- average in 400-level courses.
      • Military content requirement: At least 20 of the minimum 40 required course credits must have military content
      Note:  Students have the option of applying to a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science without a chosen minor or to a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science with a minor (8 credits) in the following disciplines:  Business Administration, English, Culture, and Communication, French, Literature, and Culture, History, Political Science  and Psychology.

      Directed Research Project (MAS400)

      The Directed Research Project (DRP) is seen as a major component of the BMASc (Hons) degree in that it affords the student the opportunity to demonstrate his or her ability to critically analyze some element of his or her military experience. Students are required to submit a proposal to DCS, along with their application to be admitted into the programme. Upon acceptance of the proposal, a supervisor will be assigned and the work will be carried out under the guidance of that individual. If appropriate, this project may take the form of a technical project or a directed reading course with one or two major essays. Directed Readings allow students to explore subjects of particular interest through the execution of a series of assignments, while under the supervision of a university professor.

      The proposal (1-3 pages) must identify a general area of interest (e.g., twentieth-century Canadian Naval Strategy). Specifically, it must provide the following information:

      • why the area is of military interest
      • why the student is interested in the topic
      • the overall objective of the project
      • what issues the student would like to discuss
      • whether or not the research materials are expected to be readily available (i.e. is the material classified)
      • any extraordinary sources that might be required to carry out the work
      • a preliminary bibliography (approximately 20 titles)
      • the name of an advisor in the local area of the student (if applicable)

      During the review period, DCS, in consultation with the appropriate department head, will approve or reject the proposal. If approved, an appropriate supervisor will be selected for the student (or the suggested supervisor will be appointed).

      The supervisor will then, in consultation with the student, determine the specific aim of the research and direct the student's efforts towards the completion of a major research paper (generally at least 50 pages) or two or more smaller research papers (between 20 and 25 pages each). These papers must have a definite military content and represent significant individual research and critical analysis. All papers must be submitted according to an essay format deemed acceptable by the supervisor (e.g., The Chicago Manual of Style, or The Modern Language Association).

      The student and the supervisor will work out a timetable for the various parts of the work and for final submission. The paper(s) will be submitted to a second reader and the second reader, in conjunction with the supervisor, will determine the grade. The Directed Research Project must earn at least a B to be counted as two credits towards the BMASc Honours degree.

      The DRP is awarded two senior credits and should be likened to an Honours thesis, which is normally completed within two consecutive terms. Because most DRPs are completed at a distance, there are some delays to be expected due to this circumstance. Thus, a 12-month due date is set for the final draft of the DRP, starting from the date the project has a supervisor and has been approved. An extension beyond this 12-month due date may only be granted by the Dean of Continuing Studies, and only due to deployment/operational, medical or other exceptional circumstances.

      Certificate in Military Leadership and Management (CMLM)

      The Certificate in Military Leadership and Management (CMLM) is an interdisciplinary certificate at the undergraduate level, offered via distance learning through the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). The CMLM is open to mature students and any person able to take courses at RMC, with the exception of officer cadets enrolled in the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) and the Reserve Officer Training Plan (RETP). The certificate can be applied to the Bachelor of Military Arts and Science, the Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (Honours) and the Bachelor of Arts (General).

      Requirements

      This is a 10-credit certificate, six of which are required courses from Military Psychology and Leadership and from Management. At least five credits must be RMC credits.

      Mandatory Courses (6 credits)

      • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology (1 credit)
      • PSE301: Organizational Behaviour and Leadership (1 credit)
      • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics (1 credit)
      • BAE202: Financial Accounting (1 credit)
      • BAE238: Introduction to Strategic Management (1 credit)
      • BAE268: Introduction to Defence Resource Management (1 credit)

      Elective Courses (4 credits)

      To complete the CMLM, students will complete an additional four credits. Students may choose any courses, depending on their interests, selected from the Sciences, Humanities or Social Sciences. To obtain the most knowledge within the disciplines emphasized in the CMLM, it is recommended that students choose elective courses in Military Leadership or Management. The following course choices are recommended.

      Military Leadership:
      • PSE312: Applied Military Psychology (1 credit)
      • PSE328: Group Dynamics (1 credit)
      • PSE454: Advanced Leadership (1 credit)
      Management:
      • BAE208: Management Accounting (must have completed BAE202) (1 credit)
      • BAE220: Management Information Systems (1 credit)
      • BAE326: Human Resource Management (1 credit)
      • BAE314: Marketing Fundamentals (1 credit)

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