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Systems Leadership in Higher Education

8 months
8713 CAD/year
7002 CAD/year
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By taking the Systems Leadership in Higher Education program from Royal Roads University you develop your skill as a leader in colleges or universities. Learn to shape the future of higher education at the administrative level through policy, governance and strategic and operational planning.


You have a calling to lead in a college or university. To ensure the success of higher education and enhance outcomes for students.

In the Graduate Certificate in Systems Leadership in Higher Education, you'll study national and international perspectives on higher education systems and consider how policies and governance shape them.

You'll explore leadership, change management and systems thinking and learn to make meaningful contributions at the administrative level.

And you'll study strategic and operational planning that will help you shape the future of higher education institutions.

Who it's for

This Systems Leadership in Higher Education program from Royal Roads University is a good fit for those who work or want to work as an administrator in a post-secondary educational environment.

Program outcomes

Once you've completed this program, you'll:

  • apply systems thinking to strategically plan and manage the higher education institutional environment to support student learning
  • integrate evidence-based decision making approaches into administrative leadership practices to support growth and improvement
  • understand and use change and improvement processes to support student learning and institutional growth

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Academic Integrity
  • The Link
  • Global and National Perspectives on Higher Education
  • Leading Educational Change in Higher Education Environments
  • Systems Thinking and Strategic Planning in Higher Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 8 months

Start dates & application deadlines


9 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Minimum of three years of relevant, paid work experience within recognized higher education institutions (i.e., public or accredited colleges, universities, poly-techniques, or institutions providing formal tertiary programs), including some leadership* experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8713 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8713 CAD per year during 8 months.
  • National

    7002 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7002 CAD per year during 8 months.


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