• Application Deadline
  • 7 months
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. 


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

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • 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:


    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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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.

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

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

    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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Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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