• Application Deadline
  • 9 months
The Graduate Diploma in Global Leadership (GDGL) program at Royal Roads University builds on the course content of the Graduate Certificate in Global Leadership program and addresses the need in society to educate and develop emerging and existing leaders in both the private and public sector who are capable of working in global or multicultural contexts.


Who It’s For:

The The Graduate Diploma in Global Leadership (GDGL) program at Royal Roads University is ideal for professionals and executives who work with a global orientation within their own country or in an international setting. As well as for those working in community based organizations, government agencies, international NGOs, military, international education, social enterprises among others. You are resilient and are anchored to values of sustainability and social purpose and have a strong desire to be more globally minded, self-aware, and socially responsible, through your work.


As a graduate, you will apply practical tools and strategies to address various issues, challenges, and opportunities, related to global leadership including:

  • Personal awareness working in a global context
  • Systems thinking skills
  • Cross-cultural communication skills
  • Capability to lead in a diverse global context

Programme Structure

  • Personal and Theoretical Foundations to Global Leadership
  • Personal Capacities for Working in Complex Global Systems
  • Social Structures and Dynamics within Social-Purpose Organizations
  • Strategic Analysis, Decision Making and Evaluation
  • Navigating Geo-Political Dynamics of Global Communities
  • Community Development in a Global Context
  • Managing Difficult Relationships Within and Across Community Dynamics
  • International Cultural Leadership Field Trip: Strategic Partnerships
  • Introduction to Academic Integrity

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

Standard Admission
  • Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • At least five years of relevant leadership experience in a global setting or multi-cultural context.
Flexible Admission
  • To be considered for Flexible Admission, applicants would normally require at least 10 years of relevant leadership experience, with some at a senior level, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16407 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16407 USD for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
  • National

    13245 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13245 USD for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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Living costs for Victoria

  • 1490 - 2100 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Financial planning is a crucial component of early educational planning. Please review funding opportunites well before your program begins to help build a reasonable budget.


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Explore a variety of competitively-awarded scholarships, awards, and bursaries available from RRU and other funding agencies.

Research Scholarships

RRU manages the scholarship administration for select funding agencies. These are some of the more substantial awards.

Other Funding

Discover alternate funding opportunities like HigherEd Points.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.


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