Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2021/2022)
7.9 Diploma in Police Studies

The Diploma in Police Studies is administered by the Department of Sociology.

The Police Studies Diploma is intended for students with an interest in policing or criminal justice. Police studies may be a valuable complement to students in a variety of programs including criminology, sociology, geography, political science, anthropology, psychology, and business. Students who have undergraduate degrees may be interested in the diploma as a mean of specializing or expanding their knowledge in the policing area. For students interested specifically in careers with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) in Newfoundland and Labrador, the RNC accepts the Diploma as fulfilling the post-secondary educational qualification for admission to their police cadet program.

Criminology course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences section under Course Descriptions, Sociology, Criminology and are designated as CRIM

7.9.1 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Diploma Regulations

Students intending to complete a diploma program within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences must meet the Admission requirements as outlined in the University Calendar. Students are also advised to consult the University Calendar regarding General Regulations for Diploma Programs and Graduation Requirements.

7.9.2 Advising

Throughout their program of study, students shall contact an academic advisor or the Coordinator of the Diploma in Police Studies for assistance with course planning, declaring their program of study, prerequisite and registration issues, and with questions about the eligibility of any courses not listed here.

A tentative list of upcoming course offerings in the program can be found at www.mun.ca/hss/courses.php.

7.9.3 Admission Requirements

Students cannot self-declare this program. Students wishing to complete the Diploma in Police Studies should consult with the respective program Coordinator. Information about diploma programs offered by the Faculty is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/diplomas/.

Admission to the Diploma program is limited and competitive. Students who wish to enter this program must apply through the Office of the Registrar by April 1 for Fall semester registration and by October 15 for Winter semester registration. The formal application is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/diplomas/ or from the Office of the Registrar. In addition, at the time of admission, applicants must have completed either a university degree in any discipline from a recognized university, or have completed at a post-secondary institution, the equivalent of 15 credit hours, which should include Sociology 1000 (or the former 2000), Law and Society 1000, Criminology 1001 or Sociology 1001 (or the former Police Studies 2300 or the former Sociology 2300), and two CRW and/or English courses. It is recommended that students select from a list of four CRW courses: (Gender Studies 1005 or the former 2005, Philosophy 1011 or the former 1230, Archaeology 1005 or History 1005, and Political Science 1001) but other CRW courses and/or English courses with reading and writing emphases will be accepted.

7.9.4 Program of Study
  1. With approval from the appropriate department(s), candidates may be deemed to have met some or all of the program prerequisites. In these situations, prerequisite waivers must be approved prior to a student's enrollment in the Diploma in Police Studies program. Any such prerequisite waiver will only be applicable to the Diploma in Police Studies program. Waiver approvals are not an indication of approval for transfer credit. A student may apply for transfer credit through the Office of the Registrar.

  2. Students are required to complete 30 credit hours of courses as listed below under Table 1 Course Requirements for the Diploma in Police Studies. By virtue of admission to the program with prior university experience, students are expected to be prepared to successfully complete courses in Criminology, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology at the 2000-level and higher. A student who successfully completed a Table 1 course prior to admission to the Diploma in Police Studies and obtained a final grade lower than B is strongly encouraged to retake that course.

  3. The Diploma in Police Studies consists of 30 credit hours chosen from Table 1 Course Requirements for the Diploma in Police Studies as follows:

    1. 18 credit hours in Criminology 2400 (or the former Police Studies 1000 or the former Police Studies 2000), 2200, 3000, 3100, 3500 and one of 4000, 4001, 4099 (or Sociology 4099), 4212 (or Sociology 4212);

    2. 6 credit hours in two of Criminology or Sociology 3290, Criminology 3306 (or Sociology 3306), Criminology 3395 (or Sociology 3395);

    3. 3 credit hours in Psychology 2150 or Archaeology 2492; and

    4. Political Science 3620.

    A student is expected to enroll in the Criminology section of any applicable crosslisted courses.

Table 1 Course Requirements for the Diploma in Police Studies

1000 and 2000-Level Courses

3000-Level Courses

4000-Level Courses

  • Criminology 2200 (or the former Police Studies 2200)
  • Criminology 2400 (or the former Police Studies 1000 or the former Police Studies 2000)
  • Archaeology 2492 or Psychology 2150
  • Criminology 3000 (or the former Police Studies 3000)
  • Criminology 3100 (or the former Police Studies 3100)
  • Criminology 3500 (or the former Police Studies 3500)
  • Political Science 3620
  • Two of Criminology 3290 or Sociology 3290, Criminology 3306 (or the former Police Studies 3306) or Sociology 3306 or Criminology 3395 (or the former Police Studies 3395) or Sociology 3395

One of Criminology 4000 (or the former Police Studies 4000), Criminology 4001,(or the former Police Studies 4001), Criminology 4212 (or the former Police Studies 4212 ) or Sociology 4212 or Criminology 4099 or Sociology 4099

Eligible credit hours completed as part of the Diploma in Police Studies program may be used towards other Humanities and Social Sciences programs, including the Major in Criminology, provided that they are in accordance with the regulations governing the program.

Prior to the Fall 2021 semester, all current Criminology (CRIM) courses offered through the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences were designated Police Studies (PLST).

7.9.5 Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for awarding of the Diploma in Police Studies students must meet the graduation requirements as outlined in Diploma Programs Offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Graduation Requirements.