Systems Leadership in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate

Systems Leadership in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 7 months
The Graduate Certificate in Systems Leadership in Higher Education at Royal Roads University is a seven-month, nine-credit program that provides graduates with the knowledge, skills, tools, and models to lead systems-oriented change in post-secondary institutions.


The Graduate Certificate in Systems Leadership in Higher Education Systems Leadership in Higher Education at 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.

Who It’s For

Leaders or aspiring leaders in post-secondary educational environments who want to expand their expertise and gain new skills and credentials in the field of higher education administration and leadership to advance or redirect their career. Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy. Please visit the program admission page for more information.


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
  • Global and National Perspectives on Higher Education
  • Leading Educational Change in Higher Education Environments
  • Systems Thinking and Strategic Planning in Higher Education
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      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity Full-time
        • Full-time duration 7 months
      • Credits
        9 alternative credits
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
      • More information Go to the programme website

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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.

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

      Academic Requirements

      Standard Admission
      • Four year (or comparable) Education, Arts, Science, or other undergraduate degree in a related field, from a recognized post-secondary institution
      • Minimum of 5 years paid work experience within the higher education sector, including some leadership experience
      Flexible Admission
      • To be considered for Flexible Admission, applicants would normally require a minimum of 7 years work experience in the higher education sector

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      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        8061 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 8061 USD for the full programme and a duration of 7 months.
      • National Applies to you

        6480 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 6480 USD for the full programme and a duration of 7 months.
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      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.


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