• Application Deadline
  • 77 days
The Leadership programme taught at the Royal Roads University, consisting of the first three courses of the competency-based MA in Leadership program at Royal Roads University, is ideal for students who want to improve their leadership abilities but aren’t available for a master’s-level program.


Enhance your awareness of the current theories and best practices of leadership while working with like-minded learners in the Leadership programme taught at the Royal Roads University.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership was designed to provide a strong foundation for students to establish and build their leadership skills; examine the theory and practice of personal leadership; and develop an appreciation for open and interconnected systems within organizations and communities.

This nine-credit graduate certificate program is delivered over 11 weeks of online study, with one two-week on-campus residency, and can be used to ladder into an MA program at RRU or as a standalone course for students looking to improve their leadership skills in order to thrive within an organization.

Who It’s For

Students interested in improving their skillset within the realm of organizational leadership, but aren’t currently ready to pursue a full master’s degree, will find value in this nine-credit graduate certificate program.

Through this 11-week experiential program you will work in a cohort environment, practicing the current tools and strategies to improve communication and leadership in teams and groups, as well as examining the theories and practice of leading productive teams or facilitating effective groups.

Delivery Model

Royal Roads University offers the unique advantage of brief on-site residencies combined with distance learning. This allows working professionals to benefit from the synergy of on-campus learning and direct interaction with leading faculty members, while meeting the demands of career and lifestyle.

On-campus Residencies

In all, the Graduate Certificate in Leadership program takes 11 weeks to complete, including four weeks of online study, one two-week residency and five weeks of post-residency online study. The result is accessible, high quality learning with minimal professional disruption.

Online Courses

The distance learning portions of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership program delivered online. Prior to commencing each course, students are provided with a package of materials and readings. At their own pace (although there are a number of ‘real time’ deadlines for assignments, exams, etc.), each student works through the requirements of the course.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Introduction to Academic Integrity
  • Fundamentals of Personal Leadership and Learning
  • Communications and Leadership in Groups and Teams
  • Leadership in Systems

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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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Four year (or comparable) undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with a minimum GPA of B+ (3.33/4.33).
  • Normally a minimum of five years of leadership experience.
  • Applicants who meet the degree requirement, but not the GPA, or have been away from academic writing for more than 10 years, will normally be required to take the “Academic Writing and Critical Thinking” course offered through Continuing Studies at Royal Roads University, and obtain a minimum B+ (77%) prior to commencing the program.

Work Experience

At least 5 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8023 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8023 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 77 days.
  • National

    6410 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6410 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 77 days.
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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.


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