• Application Deadline
  • 6 months
The graduate certificate program in Values-Based Leadership from Royal Roads University is a six-month program designed for individuals who want to strengthen their leadership by aligning their decisions and actions with consciously chosen values and purpose, even in the face of tumultuous times and complex challenges. 


The Values-Based Leadership programme from Royal Roads University is also for those who want to be more confident of the lasting value of their efforts to improve organizations through an attention to organizational culture. The program highlights deeper patterns that are influential but typically invisible in everyday organizational life, and that are not usually in our attention as leaders.

The program is oriented not only to acquiring new knowledge and tools but also to developing discernment and wisdom in leadership.

Who it's for

This program offers advanced leadership capabilities and understanding for experienced and emerging leaders, who are focused on creating and supporting organizational cultures that foster exceptional engagement and adaptability to changing demands. It will be of special interest to those who want to:

  • Enhance their ability to lead themselves and others through authentic shared values
  • Mentor emerging leaders in values-based decision-making and action
  • Build resilient and productive partnerships and teams
  • Attract and retain talent
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve the bottom line
  • Enhance reputation with all stakeholders
  • Create a positive and lasting innovation
Delivery Model

The Graduate Certificate in Values-Based Leadership (GCVBL) is offered in a blended format which means that the program combines on-campus residencies with distance learning. This allows working professionals to benefit from the synergy of on-site learning and direct interaction with peers and faculty members, while being able to meet workplace demands and other commitments. The result is accessible, high quality learning with minimal professional disruption.

The first blended segment includes VBLD510 and VBLD512, two courses with three credits each which are taken concurrently. The second blended segment consists of a third three-credit course with field project and which concludes with a four-day, face-to-face conference. Some offerings of the GCVBL may offer a virtual conference as an alternative.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Introduction to Academic Integrity
  • Values-based Leadership: Being Best for the World
  • Values-based Collaboration and Partnerships
  • Leadership, Culture and Sustainability

      Detailed Programme Facts

      English Language Requirements

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      General Requirements

      • Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
      • Normally, at least five years of relevant leadership or organization consulting.
      • Applicants without an undergraduate degree, but who have at least two years of undergraduate education and/or post-secondary professional certification and/or certificate or diploma education; and
      • Professional expertise commensurate with at least 7 years of relevant leadership experience may be assessed through our Flexible Admission process.

      Work Experience

      At least 5 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.


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