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Royal Roads University

Victoria, BC, Canada

Educational Leadership and Management M.A

Admission Requirements

**Academic Requirement at Undergraduate level for  students with British Qualifications stay the same regardless of the Student's country of residence.

Statement of Intent, two letters of reference should consist of a personal character reference and a work related reference. Detailed CV, Academic transcripts, At least two years of full-time work experience letter.

About The Program

About The University

Application Deadline

Start Date


Academic 7.0 overall with a minimum 6.5 in writing, speaking, listening and reading

Minimimum Academic Requirement

English Proficiency Requirement

Other Requirements

Program Level

30 days

Average Decision Time


Application Fees

Yearly Tuition Fees

15,675 CAD


Program Duration

2 Years

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There are a variety of scholarships and bursaries available to you as a Royal Roads student to help towards funding your education. 

Internal Awards-
Royal Roads offers a variety of awards to our students. These are primarily awarded on a quarterly basis, but there's an extra competition or two that falls off cycle. While the University has a few high-valued awards, the majority of assistance is modest and allocated by competition. 

External Awards
Students are also encouraged to pursue scholarship and bursary offerings in the community. The university actively collect and display select opportunities for your convenience.

Across the country schools are experiencing ongoing difficulty in recruiting qualified candidates for leadership roles. Aspiring leaders need to have access to relevant and accessible post-graduate programs to be able to meet the educational standards required by many school districts.

This two-year MA in Educational Leadership and Management (MAELM) program is designed to help educators develop a critically reflective understanding of school improvement concepts and research. The MAELM program is designed to enable graduates to lead meaningful change that has a positive impact within the school community.  It is a comprehensive Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) approved program that responds to the education sector’s need for qualified school and district leaders.

The program is specifically designed for working professionals. It is offered in a blended model comprised of online learning and one intensive two-week long on-campus residency period in July or August. This format allows participants to substantially enhance their educational credentials, while minimizing absences from their workplace.

Faculty with real-world experience deliver relevant curriculum and experiences that ensure existing and aspiring school administrators develop the knowledge skills and mindsets required to function as effective leaders within complex and challenging educational environments.

Who It’s For

The MAELM program is well-suited for administrators and educators looking to influence cultures and processes to improve the learning experiences of students while supporting teachers and staff. The program is designed for individuals working in K-12 settings who want to gain skills and credentials as leaders and managers to advance their current career or launch a new one.

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy. Please see Program Admission for more information.

Program Structure-

Online (pre-residency1)

The program starts online for 3 weeks. In addition to course readings, interaction with fellow students in your cohort, and beginning assignments, you’ll learn about the RRU learning platform (Moodle), and find out more about our learning community and resources.


You will have a 2-week on-campus residency, where you’ll get to interact face-to-face with your instructors, classmates and team members. You’ll complete homework and meetings outside of regular class hours, making this an intensive yet rewarding time.

Online (post-residency)                              

Online learning courses are delivered over using our Internet-based Moodle platform. Supported by the rest of your cohort, you’ll be actively engaged in individual and team-based activities, projects and assignments that enable you to apply what you are learning to your own professional context while you are taking each course.

Research Paper:

Your two-year program will culminate with an applied research paper that will enable you to integrate the skills and knowledge gained in the previous coursework in the examination of a real-world issue of significance to your own professional context. You’ll examine the academic literature related to the issue and develop a change leadership plan that allows you to take concrete action to address the issue once you have graduated from the MAELM program.


Graduates will be able to apply practical tools and strategies to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to supporting student achievement and growth. Graduates will have the skills to:

Facilitate the collaborative development and implementation of shared values, vision, mission, and goals to support learning and achievement for all students;
Understand and use change and improvement processes to support student learning and achievement;
Build positive and effective relationships between the school, families and the larger community;
Integrate evidence-based decision making approaches into school leadership practices to support school growth and improvement;
Engage in meaningful self-assessment and self-awareness to enhance leadership skills, positive relationships, and professional goals;
Maximize opportunities for curricular, instructional, and assessment practices to have a positive impact on student learning and achievement;
Apply systems thinking to strategically plan and manage the school environment to support student learning;
Foster and sustain an inclusive culture and climate to support both student learning and professional growth;
Implement authentic and meaningful strategies for supporting and supervising teachers’ instructional capacities to maximize student learning and achievement; and
Lead collaborative and systematic inquiry processes that support school improvement.

About Royal Roads

Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, Royal Roads University has a long history of excellence. In 2015, we celebrated 75 years of leadership and learning - 55 years as a military college and 20 years as a public applied research university. 

The university understand the needs and aspirations of its students, and it created options to deliver an educational experience that fits a student's lifestyle. The cohort model features group-based course work, providing a resource of like-minded peers for you to share, challenge and grow with throughout your program. Even after graduation, these groups continue to support your aspirations to ensure your life changing experience with us has enabled not only professional transformation, but a personal one as well.

The university got a unique learning model – they call it “effective”

The programs offered at Royal Roads University provide learners with the tools and techniques required to be effective after graduation. Whether you’re looking for a new career or want to improve your standing, financially and professionally, within your current organization, the blended learning model of online courses and intensive, on-campus residencies lets you use what you learn, today.

The online learning model allows you to continue working while you complete your degree. The program begins with a short, on-campus residency that allows you to meet the rest of the learners in your cohort, followed by distance courses that deliver the theoretical and information-based material in the program. Moodle, the platform used for online learning, facilitates the delivery of learning materials while providing you with the ability to interact and engage with fellow students and professors. Learn more about Royal Roads' online learning process.

A sustainable future

At Royal Roads University, it is understood that environmental leadership is required and the university is proud that their students, faculty, and staff support this direction. Climate change is one of the most critical challenges of our time, and the university is focused on initiatives that support campus sustainability. Environmental sustainability is not only intrinsically linked to the teaching and research mandate, it’s a challenge that calls for the kind of interdisciplinary and collaborative problem-solving at which we excel.


Completion of a 4 years undergraduate degree in a relevant and related field with a minimum GPA of 'B+ or 77% marks + minimum 2 years of work experience.


Completion of a 4 years undergraduate degree in a relevant and related field with a minimum GPA of 'B+ or 77% marks + minimum 2 years of work experience.


Completion of a 4 years undergraduate degree in a relevant and related field with a minimum GPA of 'B+ or 77% marks + minimum 2 years of work experience.


Completion of a 4 years undergraduate degree in a relevant and related field with a minimum GPA of 'B+ or 77% marks + minimum 2 years of work experience.


Completion of a 4 years undergraduate degree in a relevant and related field with a minimum GPA of 'B+ or 77% marks + minimum 2 years of work experience.

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