This two-year Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership program is comprised of one mandatory two-week on-campus residency, a second residency that can be completed on-campus or online and distance learning courses.
The residency is a carefully designed period of intense academic study in which students complete two courses – HEAL 501:Leading and Learning in Higher Education and HEAL 510: Approaches to Educational Research in Higher Education.
The schedule of instruction and studying during the residency is structured to optimize the face-to-face access to instructors, develop networks with fellow students, and access the support services of the university if required. The typical daily schedule is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Team meetings, homework, and readings are done outside of these hours.
Distance courses are delivered entirely online through innovative, easy to use Internet technologies. Participants 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 list of resources including textbooks and/or online readings, plus a detailed course schedule. Learning activities and assignments are designed to allow participants to identify the practical applications of the course content and to work with others to construct both a personal and shared meaning from their experiences.
Each course requires a level of effort of approximately 10-15 hours per week. This varies from student to student and becomes easier as students familiarize themselves with Royal Roads University's distance learning technologies, and learn how to work effectively with team members in a virtual setting.
Declaring MAHEAL Specialization in International Education
Students have the option of choosing a Specialization in International Education during the two week online program introductory session, this enables students to learn more about the program and the specialization prior to declaring their stream.
MAHEAL Program Completion Options
Prior to beginning the MAHEAL program, regardless of which program option students intend on completing, students will be enrolled in a two week non credit session (LINK) designed to acquaint them with the RRU online learning environment, School of Education and Technology policies and procedures, and to address any questions or concerns students may have.
MAHEAL students can select from any one of the following options to complete the program
- A Masters in Higher Education Administration and Leadership. Students will be required to successfully complete the following courses: HEAL 501, HEAL 510, HEAL 550, HEAL 520, HEAL 530, HEAL 540; HEAL 560; HEAL 570; LRNT 506; HEAL 610.
- A Masters in Higher Education Administration and Leadership with a Specialization in International Education. Students will be required to successfully complete the following courses: HEAL 501, HEAL 510, HEAL 550, HEAL 525, HEAL 535, HEAL 545; HEAL 560; HEAL 570; LRNT 506; HEAL 610.
- A Masters in Higher Education Administration and Leadership – Thesis Track
MAHEAL students will be required to apply for approval to take the thesis route. The application process is in place to ensure students are committed to finishing the thesis within the two-year program time allotment. Students will need to be able to work under a tight timeline and given that the thesis will require primary research ethics approval will be required. Part of approving a student’s application for the thesis track will be identifying a thesis supervisor, ideally within RRU School of Education and technology or elsewhere in the university.
Students in the thesis track will be required to successfully complete the following courses: HEAL 501, HEAL 510, HEAL 550, and either HEAL 520, HEAL 530, HEAL 540; OR HEAL 5252, HEAL 535, HEAL 545, and LRNT 600 ( a thesis proposal course) and LRNT 690 which provides each student with one-to-one support and guidance throughout the data collection and analysis stages and the development of the final thesis, in accordance with the RRU MA thesis guidelines and academic regulations. By taking LRNT 690, students omit LRNT 506; HEAL 560, 570, and 610.