Royal Roads University


Royal Roads University

Experiential, applied, life-changing education

Royal Roads University
Since Royal Roads was established in 1995, we’ve taken a purposefully different approach. From our interdisciplinary teaching, to our applied research focus, to our team-based collaborative cohort model — all our programs are thoughtfully designed to balance both intellectual and personal growth, while keeping students firmly on the path to advancing their academic and professional careers.
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Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, Royal Roads University has a long history of excellence. In 2015, we celebrated 75 years of leadership and learning - 55 years as a military college and 20 years as a public applied research university. 

We understand the needs and aspirations of our students, and we’ve created options to deliver an educational experience that fits your lifestyle. Our cohort model features group-based course work, providing a resource of like-minded peers for you to share, challenge and grow with throughout your program. Even after graduation, these groups continue to support your aspirations to ensure your life changing experience with us has enabled not only professional transformation, but a personal one as well.

We’ve got a unique learning model – we call it “effective”

The programs offered at Royal Roads University provide our learners with the tools and techniques required to be effective after graduation. Whether you’re looking for a new career or want to improve your standing, financially and professionally, within your current organization, our blended learning model of online courses and intensive, on-campus residencies lets you use what you learn, today.

Our online learning model allows you to continue working while you complete your degree. The program begins with a short, on-campus residency that allows you to meet the rest of the learners in your cohort, followed by distance courses that deliver the theoretical and information-based material in the program. Moodle, the platform used for online learning, facilitates the delivery of learning materials while providing you with the ability to interact and engage with fellow students and professors

Program Description

The MBA in Executive Management at Royal Roads University is designed for working professionals, by working professionals. We’ve used our experience in the industry to create a program that gives you the solid foundation required of today’s business leaders, as well as the opportunity to put your learning to work through hands-on practice. No matter what your career aspirations are, you’ll be able to use the tools and techniques found in your program to move your organization forward.

Who It's For

Experienced managers and business leaders who are looking for versatility and customization of their MBA experience.  The program builds on each student’s current knowledge and experience to develop the strategic skills business growth depends upon, and provides a broad understanding of critical issues in management leadership. It also allows students to select electives in such areas as sustainability, innovation, coaching or international business for an individualized MBA experience that aligns with their career goals.  

The Royal Roads University Learning Model

At Royal Roads University, we use a cohort learning model for many of our programs, including the MBA. Our unique learning model requires you to work with your team, sharing personal experiences and diverse perspectives to develop unique solutions to projects and challenges.Working together ensures that everyone contributes to and benefits from the program, and the connections you create through our cohort environment form a powerful network of support you can turn to during your program and after graduation.

An Investment in Education

The MBA program at Royal Roads University is challenging and requires compromises between you and your family, friends, and employers. Your cohort depends on you to contribute and participate in group projects and assignments, and you’ll need to allocate enough time to manage your assigned readings and individual tasks. It’s important to discuss these requirements with the important people in your life, so you can plan out mutually acceptable arrangements before you start your program. The program is challenging, but the experience is invaluable.

Team-Based Learning

Your program will include students from across Canada as well as internationally; typically about 40 years old with 15 or more years of professional experience. One of the biggest benefits of this mixture of personal and professional experience is the opportunities created by developing your professional network. You can expand your network around the globe, finding access to resources outside of what your competition can discover. And that’s a great way to build your business and professional exposure.

Organizational Management Project

The Organizational Management Project (OMP) is the major integrative learning activity of the MBA Program, and offers a rich learning opportunity through the application of theory to a real-world situation. By applying theory to a real world-situation, completion of the OMP enhances the skills of the learner and provides a valuable contribution to the client or host organization.

More specifically, in the OMP, learners will examine a management problem, conduct academic and best case research, analyze options, and provide recommendations and a high-level implementation plan in a final report for the client or host organization. The management problem to be researched and analyzed is identified in collaboration with an organization. MBA learners may choose to conduct their OMP with an external organization, or it can be conducted within a learner’s own workplace provided the project is not related to the learner’s own position and does not involve his/her direct reports.  The MBA Program Office will also work with learners to identify potential projects with corporate or not-for-profit organizations that have indicated their interest in being involved with our program in this capacity.

Leadership Specialization

Organizations need strong leaders with current and relevant skills in order to help their business flourish, and the MBA in Executive Management with specialization in Leadership is intended to help develop those competencies and capacities.  Since the demand for leadership skill development in the current organizational landscape is significantly higher than just a few years ago, this specialization is well timed to meet the needs of the market place.  

The specialization builds upon the core foundation of the MBA in Executive Management which includes a strong presence of leadership content in the first residency session, in addition to a strong leadership influence throughout the balance of the courses. The specialization courses will focus on two distinct but connected areas:  Emotional Intelligence (EI), and exercising leadership in a global setting.  Taken consecutively, these two specialty courses provide understanding of the diverse international boundaries and the impact of leading teams internationally toward organizational performance and productivity, as well as developing skills that increase capacity that stands up to the unpredictability of intense and rapid change in the world economy.

Management Consulting Specialization

The MBA in Executive Management with a specialization in Management Consulting is an innovative, comprehensive program designed by leading business experts that allows you to immediately apply your skills in the workplace. The program offers a core course in management consulting fundamentals, covering the processes and ethics of professional practice. Additional key courses required for the Certified Management Consultant (CMC)designation include project management, interpersonal skills development, finance, strategic management, marketing, human resources, projection/operations management and information technology. Completion of the program provides graduates with advanced placement in the process of obtaining the highly regarded CMC designation. 

International Business - Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Specialization

Trade and Investment with Asia Pacific has been an essential component of national economic growth for over twenty years, and is expected to continue to be a strong opportunity throughout the public and private sectors. Forward-thinking organizations are looking for leaders with direct experience and a relevant understanding of these diverse regions.

The Asia Pacific Trade and Investment specialization augments the strategic foundation of your MBA at Royal Roads University, enabling you to guide your organization through the complexities of overseas ventures. A comprehensive understanding of world markets and cultural awareness is essential to effective international business relationships, and this specialization provides comprehensive knowledge of business practices in the Asia Pacific region.

This specialization offers an opportunity for MBA students to complete an eight-day face-to-face residency in Asia. Please note that there is a $3,500 administration fee for this residency to cover classroom space and activities. Students are also responsible for air travel, meals, accommodation, sundries, and international travel costs (i.e. travel visas, passports).

Understanding current trends and predicting future developments are critical skills valued by individuals and companies interested in building their International Business expertise.

International Business and Innovation - Europe Specialization

With almost 60% of the Canadian economy currently linked to international trade through exports and imports, it’s imperative that an effective MBA candidate study and understand the complexities of today’s global market. As the national focus shifts away from historic trade partners and begins to form new relationships around the world, a specialization can bring a powerful distinction to your MBA designation.

The Europe specialization leverages the strong relationship RRU has with the Grenoble Ecole de Management at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business to offer an opportunity for MBA students to complete two courses through a two-week, face-to-face residency in France. Please note that there is a $3,500 administration fee for this residency to cover classroom space and activities. Students are also responsible for air travel, meals, accommodation, sundries, and international travel costs (i.e. travel visas, passports). 

MITx MicroMasters Specializations

Royal Roads MBA students can specialize in Supply Chain ManagementPrinciples of ManufacturingData, Economics and Development Policy or Statistics and Data Scienceby pursuing one of these three MicroMasters® credentials from MITx, one of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s online education programs.


GMAT/GRE is not required.

Though recommended for all applicants, a knowledge of accounting fundamentals may be required as a condition of admission. To meet this condition, applicants would be required to complete BOTH of the following courses offered through RRU's Continuing StudiesFinancial Accounting Fundamentals and Managerial Accounting Fundamentals, each with a 'B' (73%) grade.

Standard Admission

  • Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution, normally with a minimum GPA of 'B' (3.00/4.33).
  • Applicants who meet the degree requirement, but not the GPA, may be required to take the Academic Writing and Critical Thinking course and obtain a minimum 'B' (73%) in the writing course prior to commencing the program.
  • Normally, at least seven years of full-time relevant work experience, with three years at a management* level and increasing levels of responsibility.

Flexible Admission

  • To be considered for Flexible Admission, applicants would normally require at least 10 years of full-time relevant work experience, with five years at a management* level and increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Flexible admission applicants will normally be required to take Academic Writing and Critical Thinking and obtain a minimum 'B' (73%) in the writing course prior to commencing the program.

* Management experience could include one or more of the following:

  • Formal organizational management or leadership roles in which you directly supervise staff, budgets, or complete performance-oriented work with individuals, groups, or teams.
  • Roles involving consultation, negotiation with, or management of diverse interest groups, in a complex environment.
  • Roles in which you lead others toward shared goals and outcomes.
  • Roles in which you influence, organize, and coordinate groups of people.
  • Please ensure that you demonstrate your management experience in your detailed resume, and clearly indicate how your years of experience meet the requirements
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