Program Description

Across the country schools are experiencing ongoing difficulty in recruiting qualified candidates for leadership roles. Aspiring leaders need to have access to relevant and accessible post-graduate programs to be able to meet the educational standards required by many school districts.

Our two-year MA in Educational Leadership and Management (MAELM) program is designed to help educators develop a critically reflective understanding of school improvement concepts and research. The MAELM program is designed to enable graduates to lead meaningful change that has a positive impact within the school community. It is a comprehensive Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) approved program that responds to the education sector’s need for qualified school and district leaders.

The program is specifically designed for working professionals. It is offered in a blended model comprised of online learning and one intensive two-week-long on-campus residency period in July or August. This format allows participants to substantially enhance their educational credentials while minimizing absences from their workplace.
Faculty with real-world experience deliver relevant curriculum and experiences that ensure existing and aspiring school administrators develop the knowledge skills and mindsets required to function as effective leaders within complex and challenging educational environments.
The MAELM program has two completion options to choose from: Research Paper or Thesis options. Visit the Program Design page for more information.

Who It’s For

The MAELM program is well-suited for administrators and educators looking to influence cultures and processes to improve the learning experiences of students while supporting teachers and staff. The program is designed for individuals working in K-12 or other educational settings who want to gain skills and credentials as leaders and managers to advance their current career or launch a new one.

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. Please see Program Admission for more information.

Find out about the transfer agreement between Royal Roads University and University of the Fraser Valley.

Program Structure

MAELM 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. Visit the delivery model page for more details. 


Graduates will be able to apply practical tools and strategies to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to supporting student achievement and growth. Graduates will have the skills to:

  • Communicate and synthesize information and arguments at graduate level
  • Demonstrate effective collaboration and team facilitation skills
  • Critically evaluate Leadership issues in context
  • Navigate and analyze data and existing literature
  • Contribute to knowledge generated by communities of scholars and practitioners
  • Demonstrate self-awareness as a practitioner and the ability to reflect on their capacity for leadership
  • Identify, analyze and address challenges arising in schools around Social Justice