Program Description

Designed for HR professionals, this six-month program offers a combination of on-campus and online learning to help you balance career aspirations with current obligations.

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy.

Delivery Model

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management at Royal Roads University offers the unique advantage of a five-day on-campus component, followed by two online courses, and concludes with a final three-day on-campus Capstone. This structure provides working professionals an opportunity to benefit from an on-campus experience and to learn through the online medium while still meeting professional and personal responsibilities.

On-Campus Learning

Students can expect the residency periods to be quite rigorous. The daily schedule for residencies is usually from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Homework, readings, and team assignments are completed outside of these hours so it is recommended that students keep their evenings available for these activities.

Online Learning

The online portion of our Graduate Certificate in Organization Design and Development program Is delivered through the Moodle learning platform. There are deadlines for assignments; however, students work through the requirements of the course at their own pace. Several different information delivery methods are used, including textbooks, articles, case studies, interactive learning and "chat" bulletin boards for corresponding with team members, who may be on the other side of the country. Students are assigned to a team during the first residency and continue to work together during the online courses.

Each 10- and 11-week online course is taken consecutively and requires a level of effort of approximately 15-20 hours per week. During the first online course, the amount of time required may be higher as students familiarize themselves with our online learning platform.



  • Understand the practicalities of designing and implementing human resource strategies
  • Create strategies for improving organizational effectiveness
  • Understand the challenges and prospects of developing learning organizations
  • Gain the requisite leadership capabilities to accomplish systemic change
  • Develop and improve skills for diagnosing and analyzing change
  • Lead and implement organizational change management plans
  • Be a catalyst to increased resilience, creativity and performance for individuals and organizations by utilizing a coach approach

Transfer Credits

You may choose to complete this program as a specialization option and apply the credits earned towards our MBA in Executive ManagementMaster of Global Management (MGM) programs. 

If you have already completed this program, you can transfer all credits towards Royal Roads MBAMGMMA in Tourism Management, and MA in Interdisciplinary Studies programs. The tuition will be adjusted accordingly.

Connect with our Enrolment Advisors to talk about how you can use the credits you have earned towards your Master's program at Royal Roads.