Diploma in Police Studies

Important Notice: Please note that the Police Studies Diploma program and the RNC cadet program are in a period of transition. At the end of the current cadet class in Spring 2018, cadets will longer be enrolled in the police studies diploma program concurrently with their RNC training. The next class of cadets, slated to begin January 2019, will have to complete their post-secondary educational qualifications before they begin their cadet training. The Memorial Police Studies Diploma program is currently going through the approval process which will permit non-cadets to register in the diploma program. Changes will also be introduced to the prerequisite requirements and the required courses in the program itself. These changes cannot be posted at this time as they have not yet been approved but we hope to accept applications for fall, 2018 admission. An update on application requirements and deadlines should be posted by February, 2018. In the meantime, students interested in applying to the RNC cadet program for January, 2019, are advised to complete the current police studies diploma courses as listed on this site. If they have not done so already, students should contact the Police Studies Coordinator, Dr. Alan Hall if they are hoping to complete the necessary courses for this round of RNC recruitment. Please consult the RNC website for more details on their qualification requirements. It should be noted in particular that the RNC will accept equivalent qualifications other than the diploma.

Interested in a career in policing with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary? 

Memorial's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a Diploma Program in Police Studies to students who have been accepted as recruit cadets with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.  This program is a partnership between the RNC and Memorial University. Candidates have to successfully complete the RNC's application and recruitment process, and have completed the academic requirements necessary to enter the program.

This program began in 2004, and allows potential RNC officers (who previously had to train at the Atlantic Police Academy in Prince Edward Island for considerable cost) the opportunity to train in their home province. The one-year program provides the academic and experiential learning components relevant to future work as police officers.

To date 271 police officers have graduated from the program, all of whom have been hired by the RNC.

Recruiting takes place once a year beginning in September with applications due mid-November. The RNC recruitment drive for the Class of 2017 - 2018 closed in November. The next application intake will begin in the Fall 2017 for the September 2018 class.


Information sessions for the class of 2018 - 2019 will begin in September 2017 and take place across the province. You do not need to be a MUN student to attend recruitment sessions, these are public information sessions that provide a detailed overview of the application process, program pre-requisites, the selection process and the one-year training program.

Additional information on the RNC recruitment drive is posted on the RNC website and the RNC Facebook page. For further information you can contact the RNC Recruitment Office at (709)-729-8729 or email them at rncrecruiting@rnc.gov.nl.ca.

Program Coordinator

For more information students are invited to contact the Program Coordinator. Please see http://www.mun.ca/hss/about/contact/coordinators.php for current contact information.


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000