• Application Deadline
  • 6 months
    Duration
Designed for working professionals seeking graduate-level education, the Sustainable Community Development programme offered by the Royal Roads University builds leadership, knowledge and practical experience through a real-world project and interdisciplinary approach to the social, ecological and economic implications of change at the community level.

About

Delivered in partnership with a local municipality, through the Sustainable Community Development programme offered by the Royal Roads University you will explore principles and practices of systems thinking, decision-making and planning by engaging in real, socially-relevant projects focused on community challenges.

The remainder of the program takes place online, enabling you to learn while maintaining your professional and personal responsibilities. 

Who It's For

This graduate certificate program is for community-oriented professionals in the public and private sectors who are seeking practical tools and a holistic understanding of sustainable community-based development. By working on current, local projects that demand initiative, originality and leadership, you will gain the applied and theoretical expertise necessary for resolving complex community challenges. The residency also creates the opportunity to apply place-based evidence decision-making, improving your ability to effectively facilitate sustainable community development.

Outcomes

Upon completion of this six-month graduate certificate, students will be able to:

  • Apply principles and practices to increase resiliency, innovation and transformation on the path to sustainability;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to analyze applied research challenges or opportunities from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • Gather, select and interpret appropriate quantitative and qualitative data to critically assess and evaluate issues using a systems lens;
  • Critically analyze, interpret and evaluate sustainable community development issues and scenarios, and recommend effective resolutions and strategies;
  • Work with comprehensive tools to support community success in planning, decision-making and successful implementation;
  • Apply principles and practices to build community engagement, capacity, collaboration and positive outcomes in varied contexts;
  • Demonstrate creativity and initiative across systems thinking and critical thinking; and
  • Apply experience and theory for practical, effective community development solutions.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Core Principles of Sustainable Community Development
  • Applied Community Development - Case Studies
  • Sustainable Community Development Collaboratory
  • Introduction to Academic Integrity

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity Full-time
        • Full-time duration 6 months
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
        Blended
      • More information Go to the programme website

      English Language Requirements

      • Minimum required score:

        6.5

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      • Minimum required score:

        88

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      • Minimum required score:

        60

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      General Requirements

      Standard Admission
      • Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field, from a recognized post-secondary institution.
      • Normally, at least three years of relevant, full-time work experience.

      Flexible Admission

      Applicants who do not meet the Standard Admission requirements will be considered for Flexible Admission and assessed as follows:

      • Normally, at least five years of relevant, full-time work experience.

      Work Experience

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

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        8023 CAD/full
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 8023 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
      • National

        6410 CAD/full
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 6410 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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      Living costs for Victoria

      • 1490 - 2100 CAD/month
        Living Costs

      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

      Funding

      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.

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