• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University offers master’s degrees comprised of elements from other RRU programs, enabling us to provide an education shaped by your unique aspirations.


Students benefit greatly from an individualized education that offers programs pursuant to their unique interests and schedules, while employers are attracted to candidates capable of meeting the specific demands of the professional world. That’s how everyone wins. That’s why Royal Roads graduate students are always in demand.

Our System

This Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University is offered in two formats: online or a blended delivery that combines online coursework with one on-campus residency. And since we’re committed to providing individualized education, all of our students work closely with our program head to develop individual academic plans tailored to their specific needs. Drawing from two or more areas of study, this unique system enables Royal Roads graduate students to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study that combines personal passion and professional interest.

This is not an independent studies or cohort model program. Courses are not self-paced and their start and end dates can vary.

Our Students

Royal Roads University draws more than just master’s students seeking an active role in the design of their educational experience. It also attracts driven, focused individuals who want more from their careers and who share a common desire to apply their education meaningfully throughout their organizations and communities. Most of our graduate students are already working professionals. That’s why we’re committed to providing a program that integrates professional experience with a practical education.


Requiring 2-2.5 years of study, this degree program provides flexible scheduling options that combine online MA degree learning with one optional short term on-campus residency.

Each online course can require up to 20 hours of study per week. Working professionals are encouraged to take this into consideration when developing a program of study in the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Theory in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Global Perspectives on Indigenous Ways of Knowing
  • Global Youth Issues
  • Lgbtq+ Global Issues and Community Engagement
  • Video Research Methods
  • Digital Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Major Project
  • Thesis
  • Residency Courses

                  Detailed Programme Facts

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

                  English Language Requirements

                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                  • 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:


                    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.

                    Schedule IELTS
                  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


                    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

                    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                  Academic Requirements

                  Standard Admission
                  • Four year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum GPA of ‘B+’ (3.33/4.33).
                  • Normally, a minimum of three years of professional experience.

                  Flexible Admission

                  While an undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study is recommended, applicants may be assessed for admission on the basis of their skills, knowledge and background developed outside traditional learning structures. This flexible admissions approach opens doors to higher learning for qualified candidates who otherwise might not meet traditional admission requirements, and thereby serves the needs of a diverse group of students.

                  Getting a Student Visa

                  This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International

                    17064 USD/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 34124 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
                  • National

                    13896 USD/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 27800 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
                  We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.


                  Financial planning is a crucial component of early educational planning. Please review funding opportunites well before your program begins to help build a reasonable budget.


                  Explore the various types of loans available to help fund your studies.


                  Explore a variety of competitively-awarded scholarships, awards, and bursaries available from RRU and other funding agencies.

                  Research Scholarships

                  RRU manages the scholarship administration for select funding agencies. These are some of the more substantial awards.

                  Other Funding

                  Discover alternate funding opportunities like HigherEd Points.

                  StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

                  The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

                  Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.