Delivery Model

Graduate Certificate in Sustain... » Learning Model

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Tourism is a nine-credit, three course graduate program that is completed in six months. It is delivered online combined with a six-day face-to-face destination residency. As Royal Roads University is located on one of Canada's largest and most diverse heritage properties -- Hatley Park National Historic Site, we are a living tourism destination and active business partner in the tourism community. RRU is located in Victoria, B.C., an all-season tourism destination, and we use these assets to bring theory and practice together within a real-world context.

Each residency is carefully designed to optimize face-to-face learning opportunities, develop personal and professional networks, interface with local tourism businesses and community tourism operations, and draw from the attributes of an all-season tourism destination. Upon returning home, the remainder of the certificate program is delivered online.


The program begins with a pre-residency that introduces students to the instructor, familiarizes them with the course content and materials, and connects them with the other students in the program. Shortly thereafter, students travel to Victoria B.C. for a six-day intensive experiential residency. The residency is a period of intense study, networking and exposure to the local community, guests, and the destination. During this period in residence students complete approximately 50 per cent of the first course, TRMN 506 Sustainable Tourism Management. The regular daily schedule begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Team meetings, homework, and readings are done outside of these hours. The remainder of the program is completed online.

Online Learning

Distance courses are delivered entirely online through innovative, easy to use Internet technologies. Students draw upon web resources as well as more traditional print media, while using online discussion groups and drop boxes to work towards the electronic submission of assignments. Prior to the beginning of each course, students are provided with a package of materials and readings plus a detailed course schedule.

Each course requires a level of effort of approximately 12 to 18 hours per week. This varies from student to student and becomes less as students familiarize themselves with Royal Roads University's online learning technologies, and learn how to work effectively with team members in a virtual setting.

Advanced Standing

Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Tourism may to apply the nine-credits to the MA in Tourism Management degree and obtain a financial credit.