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Royal Roads University

Victoria, BC, Canada

Global Leadership 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, one work related another academic. Detailed CV, Academic transcripts, At least 3 years of relevant 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

17,065 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.

The MA in Global Leadership (MAGL) is a 36-credit program comprised of online learning and intensive on-campus residencies designed to build and enhance globally minded leadership and management capabilities. The MAGL program is typically offered as a 24-month program; however, students can also choose a 13-month intensive option in which they double the number of courses taken at a time allowing them to complete their program in close to half of the time.

Specific topics covered in the program include:

the competencies of global leadership as foundational knowledge for all professionals and business executives working in an international context or having global purposes, 
drivers of global change and how to respond to them
socio-political and economic analysis in the global context, 
social purpose organizational dynamics and performance, 
models of community development 
how to manage conflict and tensions across multi-cultural contexts, 
strategic analysis and decision making,
intercultural communication and skill building , personal resiliency and adaptability. 
project management and evaluation, and,
stakeholder analysis, and authentic collaboration.

The first course of the program is online and addresses the foundations of global leadership. During the program students are required to participate in a two-week on-campus residency. The residency course is followed by a second one-week residency and four elective online courses.

The program courses specifically support the development of core knowledge, aptitudes, and skills of global leadership at the personal, community, and organizational levels.  Elective courses will further support students to explore topics of interest and/or relevance in specific sectors of practice. Elective offerings also include an international field trip* to embed experiential practice with theory.

MAGL graduates will develop the competencies to lead and manage change processes, build collaborative teams, create effective interagency partnerships, design and evaluate programs, foster innovation and creativity, communicate results and work effectively and respectfully across cultures, generations, and contexts.

Students must pay a field trip fee in addition to the GBLD535 course fee, meals, personal expenses, insurance and airfare. The field trip fee for Ecuador in September 2019 is $1500 USD. Fees payable for future international field trips are subject to change.

Who It’s For  

This program is well suited for professionals and executives who work in a global context within their own country or an international setting and who wish to be more globally minded, self-aware and resilient. They are able to work with people of diverse needs and cultural backgrounds, and are anchored to values of social purpose and sustainability. This includes professionals who work or desire to work in community based organizations, government organizations, international NGOs, international government organizations, indigenous organizations, international training or institutions of higher education or other types of organizations that have a globally oriented social purpose or peace keeping mission.

In the 24 month program, students take one on-line course at a time,  following the intensive on-campus residency.  Each on-line course requires approximately 12-18 hours of effort each week (depending on past academic experience), for a period of ten weeks.  In the 13-month program, the level of effort is double - approximately 24-36 hours per week. Previous academic experience with reading academic materials and writing papers is strongly recommended for those taking the 13 month program.

While the 24-month regular option allows students to continue to work while completing the program, the 13-month intensive option is better suited for individuals wishing to dedicate their complete attention to their studies or at least working in a reduced capacity.


Graduates will be able to apply practical tools and strategies to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to global leadership including;  

personal awareness working in a global context,
leading in a diverse global context,  
driving sustainable change in complex environments, and  
building global networks to support life-long learning, continued growth and development in the global context.

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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years of work experience.

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