Delivery Model

MA in Educational Leadership and Mana... » Program Structure

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management (MAELM) program is a two-year program comprised of one mandatory two-week on-campus residency and online learning courses. Designed for working professionals, the residency takes place during the last two weeks of July or the first two weeks of August. 


The residency is a carefully designed period of intense academic study. The schedule of instruction and studying during the residency is structured to optimize the face-to-face access to instructors, develop networks with fellow students, and learn about the support services of the university that you will have access to for the remainder of your program. The typical daily schedule is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some team meetings, homework, and readings may be done outside of these hours.  

Online Learning

Online courses are delivered entirely through innovative, easy to use Internet technologies. Participants draw upon web resources as well as more traditional print media, while engaged in a series of carefully-designed online learning activities and assignments. Prior to the beginning of each course, students are provided with a list of resources including textbooks and/or online readings. Learning activities and assignments are designed to allow participants to identify the practical applications of the course content and to work with others to construct both a personal and shared meaning from their experiences.

Each 3-credit course would require a level of effort of approximately 100 hours. This varies from student to student and becomes easier as students familiarize themselves with Royal Roads University's online learning environment and learn how to work effectively with team members in a virtual setting. Students are required to engage on a regular basis with the course content and contribute academically to enhance cohort learning through blog/forum posts, discussion topics and required course activities and assignments.

Online (pre-residency 1)

The program starts online for 3 weeks. In addition to course readings, interaction with fellow students in your cohort, and beginning assignments, you’ll learn about the RRU learning platform (Moodle), and find out more about our learning community and resources.


You will have a 2-week on-campus residency, where you’ll get to interact face-to-face with your instructors, classmates and team members. You’ll complete homework and meetings outside of regular class hours, making this an intensive yet rewarding time.

Online (post-residency)

Online learning courses are delivered using our Internet-based Moodle platform. Supported by the rest of your cohort, you’ll be actively engaged in individual and team-based activities, projects and assignments that enable you to apply what you are learning to your own professional context while you are taking each course.