The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management at Royal Roads University offers the unique advantage of a five-day on-site residency, followed by two online courses, and concluding with a final three-day residency. 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.
Students can expect the residency periods to be quite rigorous. The normal schedule for residencies is 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.
The online portion of our Graduate Certificate programs takes place over the Internet. 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.
The two online courses are taken consecutively and each course lasts for a period of 12 weeks. Each course requires a level of effort of approximately 17-23 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.