RMC of Canada University Education



The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC of Canada) is a national university for educating and developing leaders committed to serving Canada. To achieve this goal, the demands of an RMC of Canada 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 of Canada degree consists of four interlocking components: Academics, Leadership, Athletics and Bilingualism, each of which is incorporated throughout the formal and informal elements of the RMC of Canada programme.

Long-standing co-operative ventures with Queen's have now been extended to undergraduate courses. Cadets at RMC of Canada 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 of Canada through correspondence, on site, at a distance, or at the RMC of Canada campus, the RMC of Canada 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 components, an RMC of Canada 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 Components of an RMC of Canada Education


The academics component 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 of Canada 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 leadership component develops those personal skills and abilities that lead to success in most of life's endeavours. Leadership training provided by the RMC of Canada experience will help students, as they begin their studies at RMC of Canada 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.


Under the athletics component, RMC of Canada 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 component 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 of Canada has been training officers to communicate effectively in both French and English for well over 30 years. RMC of Canada helps make this learning process an interesting one with class time as well as integration into daily life at RMC of Canada.

Post Nominal:

Students who successfully complete the four interlocking components merit the "rmc"- post nominal.

Officers of Administration

Chancellor and President
The Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, PC, OMM, MSM, CD, MP
Commandant and Vice Chancellor
Brigadier-General Sean G. Friday, OMM, MSM, CD
Dr. Harry J. Kowal, CD, PhD, MSAe, MA(SS), MDS, BEng, rmc, 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, the Academic Director of RMC St-Jean, a Faculty representative and a Faculty Association representative.

Its function is to grant degrees and honorary degrees.

Faculty Council

The Faculty Council is composed of the Principal as Chair, the Registrar as Secretary, 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 determine on all matters of an educational character including all courses of study, the library, and the calendar, to conduct examinations, to recommend to the Senate the candidates for degrees and diplomas, to award college medals, prizes and scholarships and generally to make such recommendations to the Commandant as may be deemed expedient for promoting the interests of the college.

Faculty Board

The Faculty Board is composed of the Principal as Chair, the Professors, the Associate Professors, the Assistant Professors, the Lecturers, the Chief Librarian, the Registrar, 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 deal with examination results of undergraduate students; to make recommendations to the Faculty Council on honours standing and academic failures; to exercise academic supervision of students; to make recommendations to the Commandant on Cadet Wing appointments; and to make recommendations to Faculty Council or the Commandant on any matter affecting the general interest of the college.

Office of The Registrar

Karl Michaud
Associate Registrar (Undergraduate Studies)
Mrs. Naomi Greer-Ballance, BA
Associate Registrar (Graduate Studies)
Ms. Shelagh Corbett, BA
Associate Registrar (Admissions)
Mr. Rock Hau, CD, BA, MA

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
BAE Business Administration Management and Economics
CEE Civil Engineering Civil Engineering
CCE Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
CSE Computer Science Math and Computer Science
ECE Economics Management and Economics
EEE Electrical Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering
ENE English Footnote1 English
FRF Études francaises Études francaises
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
POE Political Science Political Science
PSE Psychology Military Psychology and Leadership
SOE Sociology Military Psychology and Leadership
SLE Second Language Footnote1 Language Centre
SPE Spanish Footnote1 French Studies
ATH Athletic Component Athletic Department
PMT Professional Military Training Training Wing
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