The Division of Graduate Studies


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Division of Graduate Studies

General Information


The Division of Graduate Studies was established by the RMC Senate in 1959. The first graduate degree was granted in 1966.

The mission of the Division of Graduate Studies is to provide advanced degree programmes and professional development for postgraduate students in key areas of engineering, humanities, and science in support of the Canadian Forces, to carry out research at the level needed to sustain the teaching programmes, and to support the CAF mandate through collaboration and alliance with Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC), the Defence Research Establishments, Engineering Classifications, and Operational Commands.

Officers of the Division

Dean of Graduate Studies
Jean-Marc Noël, PhD
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Maggie Shepherd
Director of Administrative and Admission Services
Dayle James

Graduate Studies Committee

The Graduate Studies Committee is a committee of the Faculty Council and shall make recommendations to the Faculty Council concerning:

  1. the promotion and development of graduate studies at the University;
  2. the acceptability of applicants; and
  3. new graduate courses and degree programmes.

In addition, the Committee will, on behalf of the Council:

  1. act as a marks committee for graduate courses;
  2. adjudicate the registrations and individual programmes of study of graduate students;
  3. adjudicate thesis examination procedures;
  4. act as the syllabus committee of the graduate faculty; and
  5. ensure that the graduate studies calendar is up to date;

Furthermore, they will report to Faculty Council on these matters.

Graduate Studies Faculty

While all faculty members may participate in some aspects of graduate programmes, including the teaching of graduate courses, there are particular requirements to be permitted to act as the primary supervisor of a graduate student or to sit as an examiner at a thesis defence. Normally, to carry out these functions, a faculty member

  1. Shall have the PhD or equivalent, it being understood that holding the rank of UT 3 (Associate Professor) or UT 4 (Professor) establishes the equivalence automatically, and
  2. shall have a recent history of productive scholarship which is reflected by the dissemination of the results of that scholarship.

By exception, new faculty members in a first university appointment are held to a lesser standard than others when assessing (2) above, for the first two years of their service at RMC.

Heads of departments are expected to recommend to the Dean of their Faculty the names of those who meet these criteria. The Dean of the Faculty shall make a decision in consultation with the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Faculty members with complete privileges will be identified by a "CP" beside their names in the list of instructors.

The Dean of Graduate Studies may, with the concurrence of the Dean of the Faculty, permit faculty members who are not so identified to supervise or examine a thesis in special circumstances, where the particular expertise of the faculty member aligns especially well with the thesis topic. Exceptions of this nature are more readily granted when the degree being sought is a Master's degree rather than a Doctoral degree.

Ethical Conduct for Research

The Royal Military College policy on integrity in research and scholarship is defined in the Collective Agreement, Article 36, Treasury Board and the Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association.

Research conducted by RMC staff and students must conform with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, as set by;

Additional information: The Research Ethics Board

Library Information

Chief Librarian:
S. Toomey, B.A., M.L.S.
Head Access Services
C. Olsen, B.A., M.L.S.
Head Technical Services and Systems
L. Béchard, B.A., M.L.S.


The Library's primary mission is to contribute to the achievement of the College Academic Wing's stated mission to carry out university level education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in both official languages, and to support the pursuit of learning through scholarly research, teaching and study in a spirit of intellectual freedom. The Library's secondary mission is to be a repository of specialized information sources and items of national heritage in partnership with other federal and academic libraries.


Massey Library is located in the Massey building . The book stacks are open to the public but borrowing privileges are restricted to authorized users. The RMC Library being a constituent member of a bilingual institution is committed to collect and to offer all library services in both official languages.

The Library houses a substantial collection of books, government documents, journals, technical reports, microforms, video/audio cassettes, CDs and DVDs and special collections. The collection includes approximately 250,000 books and 1,200 journals, over 3,000 electronic journal subscriptions (CRKN), plus 2000 audiovisual items, in both English and French. More than 60 indexes and databases are available online. The special collections consist of monographs, prints, photographs and archival material, including the RMC Archives.

The Leadership Library Collection, presented to RMC by the Class of 1956, has a prominent place on the main floor . This floor also houses the library's regular collection of science and engineering books (call nos. TA403-Z), as well as the library's reference and journal collections. Recent issues of journals and daily newspapers are available in the reading area. The collection of newspapers on microfilm, plus the microfiche collection, is found in this area. The microfiche collection covers mainly military and history topics, including Canadian history.

On the second floor, the library's regular collection of politics, history, religion, philosophy, economics, sociology and psychology books (call nos.: A-JS) are located. In the basement there is the rest of the library's collection, which covers subjects such as political science, law, music, art, literature, science and engineering (call nos.: JV-TA402). On this floor there is also the microfilm collection of primary sources . This includes government reports and documents from Great Britain and the U.S. concerning countries and periods of historical interest, plus the papers of some U.S. presidents and other persons of note. In room 30 there is the government documents collection, which has mainly Canadian federal government publications and some provincial publications.


The library has access to the internet, as well as computer stations. Patrons can read the latest journals and newspapers in the Reading Area. Photocopiers, printers and microform reader/printers are available.

On the second floor there is a computer lab with laptops, as well as a multipurpose room with space for reading/studying and group work. All computers and laptops offer access to the web and are equipped with standard software such as MS Office and Acrobat Reader. The Writing Centre is also on this floor, and offers tutorials and workshops to assist students with the writing process. In the basement, there are carols for studying and computers, as well as one quick look-up station.

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