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Higher Education Administration and Leadership

Postgraduate Diploma
12 months
17080 CAD/year
13790 CAD/year
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For students interested in developing their capacity to influence change and create an environment that facilitates student learning, but are not able to pursue a full master’s level course load at this time, the Higher Education Administration and Leadership program at the Royal Roads University is an ideal solution. 

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The  Higher Education Administration and Leadership program at the Royal Roads University is delivered through our blended learning model, comprised of four online courses with a mandatory two-week, on-campus residency.

This diploma program was created to enable current or aspiring leaders interested in developing their leadership ability to advance their higher education skills and knowledge and effectively influence change while supporting growth in student learning. For leaders seeking to develop their plans for internationalization, the specialization in International Education is available.


Once you’ve completed the Graduate Diploma in Higher Education Administration and Leadership, you will have demonstrated competency across a variety of essential leadership requirements. 

Your awareness and understanding of core educational improvement concepts and research requirements will enable you to address current concerns, challenges, and opportunities relevant to institutional growth and facilitating student achievement.

Working with a cohort of colleagues from across Canada and the globe you will have the opportunity and resources to further develop your skills to communicate effectively and professionally.  You will be exposed to different theories and approaches that inform leadership and you will reflect on your own leadership abilities.

If you opt to complete the Systems Leadership stream you will complete the program having learned to use a systems thinking approach effectively to lead a team and to affect change within an institution.  

If you opt to complete the International Education stream you will have had the opportunity to develop your knowledge of working within an international context and how to successfully apply key  business skills for the effective development and sustainability of international education initiatives.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Academic Integrity
  • The Link
  • Higher Education Leadership in Times of Change
  • Approaches to Educational Research in Higher Education
  • Global and National Perspectives on Higher Education
  • Global Perspectives on International Education
  • Leading Educational Change in Higher Education Environments
  • Communication and Organizational Culture in a Globalized World
  • New Models for Institutional Viability

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


18 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
88 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic 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. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Four year (or comparable) undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Minimum of 3 years of paid work experience within the higher education sector, including some leadership* experience

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17080 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17080 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13790 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13790 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.


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