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Systems Leadership in Higher Education

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7 months
8375 CAD/full
6730 CAD/full
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The Systems Leadership in Higher Education program at the Royal Roads University provides graduates with the knowledge, skills, tools, and models to lead systems-oriented change in post-secondary institutions. 

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The Systems Leadership in Higher Education program at the Royal Roads University will prepare students to develop the skills required to understand global trends and national perspectives and take a systems view of their organization, make evidence-based decisions, to think critically, plan strategically and lead meaningful educational change. 


Graduates will develop an understanding of educational improvement concepts and research from a systems perspective and be able to apply practical tools and strategies to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to supporting student achievement and institutional growth.

Graduates will:  

  • Critically analyze the their own organizational context in light of existing cultural norms, national/international trends and global perspectives;
  • Foster and sustain an inclusive institutional culture and climate to support both student learning and faculty/staff professional growth;
  • 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; and
  • Apply systems thinking to strategically plan and manage the higher education institutional environment to support student learning.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to 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


  • Part-time
    • 7 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


9 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 three years of paid work experience within the higher education sector, including some leadership experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8375 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8375 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 7 months.
  • National

    6730 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6730 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 7 months.


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