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Royal Roads University

Victoria, BC, Canada

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 professional references, Detailed CV, Academic transcripts, At least 2 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

15,930 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 Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) program consists of two years of interdisciplinary studies. In each year, students focus on relevant, real world problem-solving projects grounded in a rigorous theoretical understanding of the nature of today’s organizations and the changing role of leadership within them.

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

The curriculum of the program is built to develop in students a sophisticated understanding of personal and team leadership, communication, systems thinking, team building, organizational change, ethics and action-oriented inquiry.

The MAL program is further distinguished by balancing professional diversity and interdisciplinary study, with the need for sector-specific knowledge and problem solving skills. This is accomplished by having a common curriculum for all students in the first year and an independent, work-based problem-solving project in the second year.

The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) program curriculum content is driven through developing a sophisticated understanding of the following areas:

Systems Thinking and Planning
Organizations and Organizational Change
Research and Inquiry
Team Building

Who It’s For -

The MAL program is an applied, competency-based program offering advanced leadership skills for experienced and emerging leaders interested in developing more effective organizations and communities. Focusing on factors that contribute to successful problem solving and innovation, this program provides key skills and insights to professionals working in corporate, academic, public sector, and not-for-profit environments. 

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 visit the program admission page for more information.

Program Structure-

Online 1

The program starts online for 5 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.

Residency 1&2

At the start of each of your 2 years in the program, you will have a 2-week on-campus learning experience, where you’ll get to interact face-to-face with your instructors, cohort and team. You’ll complete homework and meetings outside of regular class hours, making this an intensive and rewarding time.

Online 2 and 3                                              

Online learning courses are delivered over the internet. Supported by the relationships you have built with your cohort, following the on campus periods you’ll work through courses at your own pace, while meeting deadlines for assignments and activities.

Completion Options:

There are two completion options in the MAL program:

Engaged Leadership Project (ELP)-

Student choosing this option will complete a project involving an issue or project faced by leaders in the workplace or in the community. Students will complete a brief report, along with an associated knowledge product of use to their partnering organization, such as a website, video, or infographic. Students who select the ELP option are required to take the course, LEAD 680 Reflective Leadership: Applying Learning to Practice.


The thesis option requires approval from the program head. This approval process is in place to ensure students are committed to finishing the thesis within the duration of your program.

You will complete a comprehensive research paper of about 100 pages, which includes both primary and secondary research into a particular topic of interest. You will work with your thesis supervisor to identify your topic, methodology, theoretical framework and appropriate literature and other secondary sources. You will be expected to defend your thesis before an academic committee.

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 relevant 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 relevant 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 relevant 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 relevant 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 relevant work experience.

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