Delivery Model

The MBA program at Royal Roads University is designed to meet the needs of today’s working professionals. You can choose to complete this program in one of two ways:

  1. through a blend of online courses and on-campus residencies
  2. entirely on campus

The entire program can be completed in 18 or 31 months.

Option 1: Blended learning

Online learning

In the MBA program, you’ll complete ten online courses that last nine weeks each, with a two-week break between terms. Students who are taking the 18-month program will take two online courses at a time, while students who are taking the 31-month program will take one online course per term.

The courses are designed to give you new skills and knowledge that can be applied in your current work and organization, and allow you to advance your career. For example, you’ll learn how to manage projects and work effectively with other team members in an online, distributed environment. You’ll gain new insights and perspectives from your classmates who are working in a variety of organizations across Canada and around the world.

The online courses emphasize the key skills that employers have highlighted as important for progress in the 21st-century environment - the ability to think critically and creatively to solve problems, the ability to use technology effectively, the ability to research and manage information, the ability to work effectively on a team, and the ability to communicate clearly. In the online sessions, you’ll complete your core program courses, your specialization courses, and your Organizational Management Project (OMP).


This blended program has two residencies.

Residencies are intensive and immersive. Many students say this time together is the highlight of their program.

During your residency, you can expect to:

  • attend classes full time
  • complete individual and team assignments by the deadlines
  • take part in extracurricular activities
Residency 1

In this three-week residency, you’ll work closely with your colleagues and instructors in the classroom and team settings and create relationships that will support you in your studies online.

Residency 2

The MBA ends with a 2.5-week residency designed to help you integrate and apply what you've learned in the program.

Working in teams, you’ll help a client address organizational challenges using strategies you've learned in your courses.

You’ll be exposed to creative problem-solving tools and techniques to address business and management challenges.

Option 2: On campus

New in Fall 2021: Complete your MBA on campus at Royal Roads.

Studying on campus brings you together with your class colleagues and instructors. Expect the program to be rigorous and rewarding. You’ll do homework, readings and team assignments outside of your full-time class hours. And, you'll take part in extracurricular activities.

You'll also have the opportunity to do study exchanges with partner universities abroad.

Cohort model

In both the blended and on-campus MBA, you'll join a cohort of 30 to 40 mid-career professionals.

Our MBA program has a very high completion rate, and the cohort model is key to your success. The tight bonds and support of your cohort will help you overcome challenges and keep you moving forward.

Professionals in your cohort will come from around the world and have experience in business, military, government, education and non-profits.

The diversity of participants contributes to the richness of your MBA experience. The perspectives you develop and the network you build will open new opportunities for you to enhance your career and enrich your personal connections.

Applied management project

In your Organizational Management Project, you'll lead an initiative at an organization of your choice and help them address a specific management problem or challenge.

You'll write a paper that includes recommendations for ways the organization can address the issue and develop an implementation plan.

This project will allow you to meaningfully contribute to an organization by exploring a topic tailored to your interests.


Royal Roads MBA program offers an extensive list of specialization options that allow you to personalize your learning and gain professional credentials and knowledge that support your career and personal plans. You can earn a dual credential of the Royal Roads MBA plus a professional graduate certificate by completing one of Royal Roads University Graduate Certificates programs as a specialization option.

You can complete one of Royal Roads Graduate Certificate programs before the MBA program and utilize the credits in the MBA program through transfer. Alternatively, you can complete your specialization option during the program and utilize the credits earned through direct recognition of the Graduate Certificates as a specialization in the MBA program.

For more information, please connect with an enrolment advisor:

  • Domestic students: Email or call 1.877.778.6227 (toll-free in North America)
  • International students: Email or call 1.250.391.2514