Royal Military College of Canada

Royal Military College of Canada | Kingston, Ont. | Founded 1876


Royal Military College of Canada

RMC trains officer cadets for all branches of the military. In the summer before school starts, first-year cadets start their basic military occupational qualification training—which includes drills, first aid and field training—followed in September by a four-week orientation program that culminates in a gruelling two-hour-long obstacle course. The campus is set on a 41-hectare peninsula on the shores of Lake Ontario just east of downtown Kingston, Ont., and features limestone buildings and a giant parade square dating back to 1876. Students are required to complete a core curriculum of courses in the arts, science and military studies. As members of the Canadian Forces, cadets also take part in up to 11 weeks of military training in the summers at locations across Canada, where some participate in military exercises, including weapons training and leadership training. Tuition and books are covered by the government, and cadets are paid an annual salary of approximately $18,000, which after covering room and board and some other costs, still leaves about $500 of spending money each month. But the money isn’t for nothing. After graduation, cadets must serve a minimum of five years as commissioned officers in the Canadian Forces. “RMC develops leaders who are resilient, bilingual, fit, and who graduate with a world-class education due to our exceptionally small class sizes and personal attention from professors,” says Brig.-Gen. Sean Friday, RMC’s commandant.

READ: An insider look at Canada’s military school

Standout Programs

Engineering: A popular offering available in six disciplines—chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical and aeronautical; about 30 to 40 per cent of RMC grads are engineers.

Military and Strategic Studies: The program explores the diplomatic, social, political, military, psychological and historical dimensions of human conflict.

Space Science: Under the umbrella of the physics department, space-science students study surveillance, satellite tracking and mission design.

Cool Courses

Cyber Defence: Students investigate cyber threats and learn about network attacks. The capstone activity is a two-week cyber defence exercise organized and run by the U.S. National Security Agency, involving military college teams from Canada and the United States.

Terrorism and Political Violence: Learn about the causes, key players, and strategies of terror and political violence, focusing on governments’ policy and strategic responses to them.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Number of students Residence spaces
75% (Acceptance criteria are also based on suitability to become an officer) Tuition for students enrolled in ROTP is paid by the Department of National Defence Undergraduates: 1,897
Graduates: 558
Residence space provided for all ROTP students

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