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Delivery Model

Royal Roads University offers the unique advantage of brief on-site residencies combined with distance learning. This allows working professionals to benefit from the synergy of on-campus learning and direct interaction with leading faculty members, while meeting the demands of career and lifestyle.

On-campus Residencies

In all, the Graduate Certificate in Leadership program takes 11 weeks to complete, including four weeks of online study, one two-week residency and five weeks of post-residency online study. The result is accessible, high quality learning with minimal professional disruption.

Online Courses

The distance learning portions of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership program delivered online. Prior to commencing each course, students are provided with a package of materials and readings. At their own pace (although there are a number of ‘real time’ deadlines for assignments, exams, etc.), each student works through the requirements of the course.

Delivery Methods

We use a number of different delivery methods, including textbooks, articles, case studies, interactive Internet learning, videotapes, and ‘chat’ bulletin boards for correspondence with team members - who may be on the other side of the country. Having already met your classmates during the first residency period, you will continue to work in teams during the distance modules as well. We have found that this approach to learning is extremely helpful to our students, enabling them to build strong relationships with their classmates.

Student workload and expectations

A level of effort of approximately 10 hours per week, per course is required. This means a commitment of 10 to 20 hours per week depending on the schedule. During the first distance courses, the amount of time required may be higher, as students familiarize themselves with our distance learning technologies.

Students can expect to work hard during the residency period. The normal classroom schedule is Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Homework, readings, and team meetings are done outside of these hours. In addition to the educational activities, there may be planned recreational events.

Attendance at the residency period is mandatory; however students are not required to live on campus:  

There are three courses in total within the Graduate Certificate in Leadership program.

  • LEAD 526: Fundamentals of Personal Leadership and Learning (three credits)
  • LEAD 527: Applied methods for Organizational Leadership (three credits)
  • LEAD 528: Leadership in Systems (three credits)

Please refer to our online program schedules for more details.