Division of Continuing Studies Academic Programmes

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

Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (BMASc)

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 10 credits:

  • BAE268: Introduction to Defence Resource Management
  • HIE208: Canadian Military History: A Study of War and Military History, 1867 to the Present or another Miliary History course
  • HIE275: Survey of Technology, Society and Warfare
  • POE205: Canadian Politics and Society or POE116: Introduction to International Relations
  • PSE123: Fndamentals of Human Psychology
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics (PSE402: Leadership and Ethics is an acceptable alternative in this programme)
  • 2 credits in English: 1 credit in literature, plus 1 credit in either literature or grammar
  • 2 credits in Science (Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics)

At least 15 of the minimum 30 required credits must have military content, as determined by the Continuing Studies Committee, and at least 10 credits must be taken through RMC of Canada. 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 of Canada.

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
  • the student has permission to take an academic course which the Continuing Studies Committee deems to be directly relevant to the serving member's military career (i.e., permission from the BMASc Chair); and military training courses and proficiency that have been approved by the Continuing Studies Committee for academic credit

It should be noted that this is a terminal degree, in that it has not been designed to support further studies at the graduate level. Students` interested in future graduate studies should consider the BMASc (Honours) programme.

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

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 BMASc (Hons) Programme has the same 10-credit core curriculum as the General Programme, plus a Directed Research Project (MAS400), which counts for 2 credits, for a total of 12 compulsory credits.

At least 20 of the minimum 40 required course credits must have military content, as determined by the Continuing Studies Committee, and 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 of Canada. An appropriate number (at least 20) must be at the senior level (300 or 400-level courses) of which 10 must be RMC of Canada 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.

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 2 credits towards the BMASc Honours degree.

The DRP is awarded 2 senior credits and should be likened to an Honours thesis, which is normally completed within 2 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.

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