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Program Design

Step 1: Choose Your Specialization

You will choose a specialization during the two week online program introductory session (LINK); this will enable you to learn more about the program and the specializations prior to declaring your stream. 

Business Development in International Education

This specialization is designed to address the need for educational leaders who can work effectively in international contexts and with internationalization of the institution in mind. With the growth of international programs and schools and the increasing numbers of international students in educational institutions in many parts of the world, comes a growing demand for leaders who can provide their organization with a strategic vision, excellent relationship building skills, a strong sense of business acumen, and a high degree of intercultural competence.  The program will prepare you to develop the skills required to develop, grow, or manage international education programs, policies, and practices aligned with the strategic interests of educational organizations. You will gain expertise in the business side of international education, including business development, marketing and recruitment, contract management, policy analysis and risk management.

Students will be required to successfully complete the following courses: HEAL 501, HEAL 510, HEAL 550, HEAL 525, HEAL 535 and HEAL 545

Systems Leadership in Higher Education

This specialization provides you with the knowledge, skills, tools, and models to lead systems-oriented change in post-secondary institutions. The program will prepare you to develop the skills required to understand global trends and national perspectives and take a systems view of your organization, make evidence-based decisions, to think critically, plan strategically and lead meaningful educational change. 

Students will be required to successfully complete the following courses: HEAL 501, HEAL 510, HEAL 550, HEAL 520, HEAL 530 and HEAL 540.

Step 2: Choose Your Completion Option

Once you have completed the specialization courses, you will move into the completion option courses.

Research Paper: A Program Capstone 

Program completion via the research paper option offers students the opportunity to continue knowledge development in topic areas relevant to higher education administration and leadership, apply theory to practice, develop critical thinking skills, enhance their skills in proposal writing for educational research, conduct secondary research, and author a quality research paper. 

Students will be required to successfully complete the following courses HEAL 560, HEAL 570, LRNT 506 AND HEAL 610.

HEAL 610: Research Paper” Leading and Sustaining Collaborative Inquiry Processes, is a 6-month self-directed course. Guided by the course faculty, students will conduct secondary research i.e. a systematic literature review, on a topic of their choosing related to leadership and administration within the higher education sector, and author a final paper as a capstone project. Students will be expected to participate in a three-day residency either on campus or virtually during which they will present their final paper by way of a poster presentation. 

Thesis Option

Students will be required to apply for approval to take the thesis route. The application process is in place to ensure students are committed to finishing the thesis within the two-year program time allotment. Students will need to be able to work under a tight timeline and given that the thesis will require primary research ethics approval will be required.  Part of approving a student’s application for the thesis track will be identifying a thesis supervisor.

Students in the thesis track will be required to successfully complete the following courses: LRNT 600 (a thesis proposal course) and LRNT 690, which provides each student with one-to-one support and guidance throughout the data collection and analysis stages and the development of the final thesis, in accordance with the RRU MA thesis guidelines and academic regulations.