Flexible Admission

At Royal Roads University, we understand the value of the lessons learned outside of the traditional classroom, so we use a student-centred approach to our admission process. We look at you and where you are in life, and not necessarily just what can be found on a transcript.

We’re looking for self-directed and highly motivated people with program-specific knowledge and skills, as well as strong interpersonal, research, and communication skills. We want to set you up for success so you can get what you need from your program while enjoying your academic adventure.

If you are lacking the formal academic education required for Standard Admission, we have the ability to evaluate you based on a combination of your formal education, informal learning, and the real-world life experiences you’ve earned.

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for Standard Admission may be assessed under Flexible Admission on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Assessment Policy and Practices at Royal Roads University. This includes applicants with a complex learning history and for whom documenting their learning is either difficult or complex.

The objective in all cases is to recognize evidence of prior learning accomplishments and to assure a high probability of successful program completion for both the students and the University. Applicants must show evidence of having sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to complete a demanding academic course of study.

Acceptance by Flexible Admission does not imply that a student has achieved the equivalent of a formal credential, such as a diploma or undergraduate degree.

As part of the Flexible Admission process, applicants will, at a minimum, be required to:

  • provide a Personal Statement or Statement of Intent;
  • provide a detailed résumé;
  • provide two (or more) letters of reference;
  • provide official transcripts for all post-secondary credit courses and/or programs previously taken.

In limited cases, applicants may also be required to:

  • provide a Military Personnel Record Résumé (MPRR) (applies to Canadian military personnel/veterans);
  • provide a portfolio containing evidence of learning already achieved;
  • demonstrate competence before an objective observer;
  • write an examination and test;
  • complete a questionnaire;
  • appear for an interview by telephone or in person;
  • take a qualifying course; and/or
  • provide additional documentation as may be required to adjudicate the application and reach a decision regarding admission.

In addition, applicants may be granted exemptions on a case by case basis.