• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Higher Education Administration and Leadership (Blended) programme offered by the Royal Roads University is a two-year, 33-credit program that provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective leadership within complex and changing higher educational environments. 


The Higher Education Administration and Leadership (Blended) programme offered by the Royal Roads University is designed for higher education administrators and leaders looking to advance their understanding and application of: systems thinking, leadership theory, higher education literature and research, critical thinking, strategic planning and leading meaningful change.

The program includes a Specialization in International Education for those students who wish to focus on leadership in international education contexts. The program offers the option of completing a research paper (secondary research) or a thesis (primary research). Students have to apply and be approved for the thesis route.

The MAHEAL program offers a thesis option for completion as well. Students are required to apply for the thesis option during their first year of the program. Thesis route students take a slightly different course combination in their second year. 

Who It’s For

Leaders or aspiring leaders in post-secondary educational environments who want to expand their expertise and gain new skills and credentials in the field of higher education administration and leadership, to advance or redirect their career.


Graduates will develop an understanding of educational improvement concepts and research and be able to apply practical tools and strategies to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to supporting student achievement and institutional growth.

Graduates will:

  • Facilitate the collaborative development and implementation of shared values, vision, mission, and goals to support learning and achievement for all students;
  • Understand and use change and improvement processes to support student learning and institutional growth;
  • Build positive and effective relationships between the institution and the larger community;
  • Integrate evidence-based decision making approaches into administrative leadership practices to support growth and improvement;
  • Engage in meaningful self-assessment and self-awareness to enhance leadership skills, positive relationships, and professional goals;
  • Apply systems thinking to strategically plan and manage the higher education institutional environment to support student learning;
  • Engage in sound financial planning/budgeting and project management practices to support organizational goals;
  • Foster and sustain an inclusive institutional culture and climate to support both student learning and faculty/staff professional growth;
  • Critically analyze the leader’s own organizational context considering existing cultural norms, national/international trends and global perspectives;
  • Implement authentic and meaningful strategies assuring program quality; and
  • Lead collaborative and systematic inquiry processes that support institutional growth and improvement.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Leadership and Learning in Higher Education
  • Approaches to Educational Research in Higher Education
  • Global and National Perspectives on Higher Education
  • Global Perspectives on International Education
  • Communication and Organizational Culture in a Globalized World
  • New Models for Institutional Viability
  • The Business of International Education

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    33 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

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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  • Minimum required score:


    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) Education, Arts, Science, or other undergraduate degree in a related field, from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Minimum of 5 years paid work experience within the higher education sector, including some leadership experience
  • To be considered for Flexible Admission, applicants would normally require a minimum of 7 years work experience in the higher education sector

Work Experience

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15372 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30740 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    12144 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24290 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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