• Application Deadline
  • 5 months
The Graduate Certificate in Global Leadership at Royal Roads University is a 5-month program that addresses the need in society to educate and develop professionals and business leaders in both the private and public sector to be capable of working in global or multicultural contexts.


The Graduate Certificate in Global Leadership at Royal Roads University builds the foundational leadership skills required to work in a global context; introducing you to global governance systems and challenges facing today’s world. The program will enable you engage in an intersectional analysis of gender, age, class, race and religion as it affects the distribution of power and privilege.

The GCGL program builds the foundational leadership skill set needed to work in a global capacity. Through the program you will be introduced to global governance systems and will deeply examine the global challenges we face in today’s world. Using systems thinking skills you will engage in an intersectional analysis of gender, race, class, age and religion as it affects the distribution of power and privilege.  In an intensive residency with a diverse group of students and faculty, you will identify your core values and the underlying perspectives and frameworks you bring to a global context of people and issues. You will engage in theoretical study and experiential activities to enhance the skills needed to work with diverse people with diverse perspectives – understanding and accepting differences as well as working through potential conflict. 

The first course of the program is a 3 credit course that is delivered online over 10 weeks, which addresses the foundations of global leadership. The second course is a 9 credit course that begins with 3 weeks online, followed by a 2 week residency on the campus which ends with five weeks of post study online. 

Specific topics covered in the program include:

  • What it means to be a global leader for all professionals and business executives working in an international context or having global purposes, 
  • The drivers of global change and how to respond to them
  • How to manage conflict and tensions across multi-cultural contexts
  • Intercultural communication and skill building
  • Facilitation skills in a cross cultural context
  • Personal resiliency and adaptability
Who It’s For  

This program is ideal for professionals who seek to be more globally minded, self-aware, and socially responsible through their work domestically or internationally. You are resilient and are anchored to values of sustainability and social purpose. You currently work in community based organizations, government organizations, international NGOs, institutions of higher education or other organizations that have a globally oriented social purpose or peacekeeping mission.


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
  • 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

    10411 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10411 USD for the full programme and a duration of 5 months.
  • National

    8830 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8830 USD for the full programme and a duration of 5 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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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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