Global Leadership, M.A.

Global Leadership, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The MA in Global Leadership at Royal Roads University is a two-year blended program comprised of online learning and intensive on-campus residencies designed to build and enhance globally minded leadership and management capabilities.


Specific topics covered in the program include:

  • the competencies of global leadership as foundational knowledge for all professionals and business executives working in an international context or having global purposes, 
  • drivers of global change and how to respond to them
  • socio-political and economic analysis in the global context, 
  • social purpose organizational dynamics and performance, 
  • models of community development 
  • how to manage conflict and tensions across multi-cultural contexts, 
  • strategic analysis and decision making,
  • intercultural communication and skill building , personal resiliency and adaptability. 
  • project management, and,
  • stakeholder analysis, and authentic collaboration.

The first course of the MA in Global Leadership Global Leadership at Royal Roads University is online and addresses the foundations of global leadership. During the first year of the program, students are required to participate in a three-week on-campus residency. The residency course is followed by four online courses which the student may complete while living and continuing to work in their home location.

In the second year of the program, students attend a one-week on-campus residency. Following this residency, students have the choice of completing an Independent Study field trip or to join a group of students on an 11 day international cultural leadership field trip. In 2016 students traveled to Ecuador to complete their credits for this course. Daily excursions in Ecuador included explorations of bio diversity, environmental challenges, indigenous community issues, and micro-financed entrepreneurial needs of Andes women. 

Students follow this international trip (or independent study activity) with a six-eight month long capstone project where they are to integrate and apply their global leadership skills in a context that benefits an organization, business or community.

Graduates will develop the competencies to: lead and manage change processes, build collaborative teams, create effective interagency partnerships, design and evaluate programs, foster innovation and creativity, communicate results and work effectively and respectfully across cultures, generations, and contexts.

Who It’s For  

Professionals and executives who work in a global context within their own country or an international setting and who wish to be more globally minded, self-aware and resilient, able to work with people of diverse needs and cultural backgrounds, and are anchored to values of social purpose and sustainability. 

This includes professional who work or desire to work in community based organizations, government organizations, international NGOs, international government organizations, indigenous organizations, international training or institutions of higher education or other types of organizations that have a globally oriented social purpose or peace keeping mission.

The MA in Global Leadership program is also for those in the domestic or international business sector who seek to be socially responsible and globally minded.

Five years of professional work experience that requires responsibilities leading people or projects is desirable, as is familiarity with traveling or living in different international settings. Positional management authority is not necessary. The flexible admission process combined with the blended delivery model enables students to learn without sacrificing their career.


Graduates will be able to apply practical tools and strategies to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to global leadership including;  

  • personal awareness working in a global context,
  • leading in a diverse global context,  
  • driving sustainable change in complex environments, and  
  • building global networks to support life-long learning, continued growth and development in the global context

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Personal and Theoretical Foundations to Global Leadership
  • Personal Capacities for Working in Complex Global Systems
  • Social Structures and Dynamics within Social-Purpose Organizations
  • Strategic Analysis, Decision Making and Evaluation
  • Navigating Geo-Political Dynamics of Global Communities
  • Community Development in a Global Context
  • Managing Difficult Relationships Within and Across Community Dynamics
  • International Cultural Leadership Field Trip: Strategic Partnerships
  • Project Management and Building Authentic Collaborations
  • Capstone Project in Global Leadership
  • Introduction to Academic Integrity

Detailed Programme Facts

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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.

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  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

Standard Admission
  • Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • At least five years of relevant leadership experience in a global setting or multi-cultural context.
Flexible Admission
  • To be considered for Flexible Admission, applicants would normally require at least 10 years of relevant leadership experience, with some at a senior level, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16407 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32814 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    13245 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26490 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Victoria

  • 1490 - 2100 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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