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Leadership - Specialisation in Health, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Leadership - Specialisation in Health programme taught at Royal Roads University consists of two years of interdisciplinary study. In each year, students focus on relevant, real world problem-solving projects grounded in a rigorous theoretical understanding of the nature of today’s organizations and the changing role of leadership within them. 


Comprehensive leadership studies address adult learning, emotional intelligence, communication and conflict, systems thinking, team facilitation and development, organizational change, and action research inquiry.

The Leadership - Specialisation in Health programme taught at Royal Roads University is led by experienced healthcare instructors and blends health topics with strategic leadership studies, enabling you to navigate and drive change. This program will enable you to adapt to the rapidly changing field of healthcare, which demands leaders with the skills to bring people together and identify problems, implement solutions and achieve results.

The MA in Leadership is further distinguished by balancing professional diversity and interdisciplinary study, with the need for sector specific knowledge and problem solving skills. This is accomplished by having a common curriculum for all students in the first year and an independent, work-based problem-solving project in the second year.

Who It’s For 

The MA in Leadership is an applied, competency-based program offering advanced leadership skills for experienced leaders interested in developing more effective organizations and communities. Focusing on factors that contribute to successful problem solving and innovation, this program provides key skills and insights to professionals working in corporate, academic, public sector, and not-for-profit environments. 

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 MA in Leadership program includes two two-week residencies over a two-year period, Internet-based distance education, and a major project involving an issue or project faced by leaders in the workplace or in the community. The result is accessible, high quality learning with minimal professional disruption.

Online Courses

The distance learning portions of the MA in Leadership program delivered over the internet. 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.


Our leadership degrees are used for career advancement and promotion, typically within the organization the individual is already in, but also to advance between organizations within the same sector and rarely between sectors.

The potential sectors for graduates are varied, and include:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Finance
  • Justice and Public Safety
  • Military
  • Not for Profit
  • Public Sector – government
  • Private Sector
  • Independently Employed - consulting
  • Health (this is a requirement of the program)

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Strategic Analysis, Decision Making and Evaluation
  • Introduction to Academic Integrity
  • Concepts and Theories of Leadership in Organizations
  • Self-directed Studies
  • Fundamentals of Personal Leadership and Learning
  • Communications and Leadership in Groups and Teams
  • Leadership in Systems
  • Advanced Action Research Design
  • Leadership for Organizational Change
  • Applied Methods for Organizational Leadership
  • Capstone Design
  • Organizational Leadership Project
  • Reflective Leadership: Applying Learning to Practice
  • Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

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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    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

    15624 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31240 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    12396 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24790 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.


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