Program Description

The MA in Global Leadership (MAGL) is a 36-credit program to build and enhance globally minded leadership and management capabilities. It is currently offered as a 24 or 13-month blended program with both options comprised of online learning and on-campus residencies. In the 13-month intensive program, students take double the number of courses at a time.

New in 2021, we will offer a 24-month on-campus program delivered at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia.

Specific topics covered in the program include:

  • the competencies of global leadership as foundational knowledge for all professionals and business executives working in an international context or having global purposes, 
  • drivers of global change and how to respond to them
  • socio-political and economic analysis in the global context, 
  • social purpose organizational dynamics and performance, 
  • models of community development in a global context,
  • program evaluation theory and practice in a global context,
  • how to manage conflict and tensions across multi-cultural contexts, 
  • strategic analysis and decision making,
  • intercultural communication and skill-building , personal resiliency and adaptability. 
  • project management and evaluation, 
  • stakeholder analysis and authentic collaboration.

The program courses specifically support the development of core knowledge, aptitudes, and skills of global leadership at the personal, community, and organizational levels. Elective courses will further support students to explore topics of interest and/or relevance in specific sectors of practice. Elective offerings also include an international field trip* to embed experiential practice with theory.

MAGL graduates will develop the competencies to lead and manage change processes, build collaborative teams, create effective interagency partnerships, design and evaluate programs, foster innovation and creativity, communicate results and work effectively and respectfully across cultures, generations, and contexts.

These competencies areas are further enhanced and supported by RRU’s new vision of “Inspiring people with the courage to transform the world,” and RRU’s goals to:

*For the international field trip, students will be required to pay a field trip fee in addition to the GBLD535 course fee, meals, personal expenses, insurance and airfare. The field trip fee for previous trips to India and Ecuador has been approximately $2500 Canadian dollars. Fees and future international field trips are subject to change or cancellation.

Who It’s For  

This program is well suited for professionals and executives who work in a global context within their own country or an international setting and who wish to be more globally minded, self-aware and resilient. They are able to work with people of diverse needs and cultural backgrounds and are anchored to values of social purpose and sustainability. This includes professionals who work or desire to work in community-based organizations, government organizations, military, international NGOs, international government organizations, indigenous organizations, international training or institutions of higher education or other types of organizations that have a globally oriented social purpose or peace keeping mission.

In the 24-month blended program, students take one course at a time with each course requiring approximately 12-18 hours of effort each week (depending on past academic experience), for a period of ten weeks. In the 13-month intensive program, the level of effort is double - approximately 24-36 hours per week. Previous academic experience with reading academic materials and writing papers is strongly recommended for those taking the 13-month intensive program. The 24-month on-campus program offers most courses in a face-to-face delivery mode, for students who are local to the Royal Roads University campus, or those who choose to move to Victoria to complete their studies.

While both 24-month delivery options allow students to continue to work while completing the program, the 13-month intensive program is better suited for individuals wishing to dedicate their complete attention to their studies or are at least working in a reduced capacity.


Graduates will be able to apply practical tools and strategies to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to global leadership including: 

  • personal awareness working in a global context,
  • leading in a diverse global context,  
  • driving sustainable change in complex environments,  
  • building global networks to support life-long learning, continued growth and development in the global context.