Master of Arts in Leadership
- Four year (or comparable) undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with a minimum GPA of B+ (3.33/4.33).
- At least five years of leadership* experience.
- Applicants who meet the degree requirement, but not the GPA, will normally be required to take the “Academic Writing and Critical Thinking” course and obtain a minimum B+ (77%) prior to commencing the program.
Applicants who do not meet the Standard Admission Requirements will be considered for Flexible Admission and assessed as follows:
- At least 10 years of professional experience, with a minimum five years of leadership* experience.
- Flexible admission applicants will normally be required to take “Academic Writing and Critical Thinking” and obtain a minimum B+ (77%) prior to commencing the program.
*Leadership experience could include one or more of the following:
- Formal organizational leadership roles in which you directly supervise staff or complete performance-oriented work with individuals, groups, or teams.
- Leadership roles in volunteer organizations.
- Roles in which you consult, negotiate with, or manage diverse interest groups through relationship, in a complex environment.
- Roles in which you lead others toward shared goals and outcomes.
- Roles in which you influence, organize, and coordinate groups of people.
Please ensure that you demonstrate your leadership experience in your detailed resume, and clearly indicate how your years of experience meet the Standard or Flexible Admission requirements.
Please note: Experience in a health organization is required for the MA Leadership health specialization.
All applications to this program require submission of the following information and supporting documents before your file can be assessed for admission:
In order to apply online, you will be required to create a log-in account using your email address. You will be required to list all credit courses and/or programs you have completed or are currently enrolled in. A non-refundable application fee will be required. If your application fee(s) are being paid for by a sponsoring organization, please contact Student Accounts. Once submitted, you may check the status of your application at any time.
Applicants are responsible for arranging for the submission of official transcripts from ALL post-secondary (higher education) institutions currently or previously attended, for all credit courses and/or programs. Transcripts are not required for non-credit programs or courses, though some programs may require proof of professional certifications or designations. Transcripts are considered official only if submitted directly by the Registrar or other recognized authority of the providing institution in the institution's original, sealed envelope. If the envelope has been opened, the transcripts are no longer official and new (official) transcripts will be required to complete your application.
All international transcripts or credentials are subject to an international transcript and/or credential evaluation.
Your personal statement should be a maximum two-page letter indicating your motivation for seeking entrance to the program. Your statement should comment upon your personal, learning, and career goals, the values you bring to your leadership roles, the expectations you have for the program in relation to the achievement of your goals, and the strengths you feel you can bring to the program. If applicable, please expand upon why you think your life and work experience and/or related formal education and courses merit adjudication under the Flexible Admission process.
Guiding questions for the personal statement:
- Why do you wish to enroll in the MA Leadership program?
- What sector do you currently work in or wish to work in?
- How is this program relevant to your personal and career goals?
- What leadership positions have you held or what paid or volunteer experiences have you had that required you to exercise leadership (as described above)?
- What training and/or academic courses have you done that relate to Leadership? (indicate if you have taken these at RRU)
- What experience have you had with distance education and self-directed study?
- What experience do you have working collaboratively in a team?
- What gifts or unique skills do you bring to the program?
There are three options for your Writing Sample:
- You may include a recent (within the last 2 years) writing sample from your academic work that has been assessed by an instructor. Please include the instructor comments and final assessment.
- If you do not have a recent writing sample on file, you may write an original, maximum 500 word statement addressing the question: “What is my leadership philosophy?” Your writing should be clearly organized, should take a position, and substantiate it with evidence from personal experience and other sources.
- In lieu of a writing sample, applicants may register in the Academic Writing and Critical Thinking course offered through Continuing Studies at Royal Roads University. Your course may be in progress at the time of application. However, course completion with a minimum “B+” (77%) is required as a condition for entry.
Please note: Applicants must submit a Writing Sample OR proof of enrolment in RRU Continuing Studies’ Academic Writing and Critical Thinking course as a part of their application package. Applicants who have previously completed RRU Continuing Studies’ Academic Writing and Critical Thinking course with a “B+” (77%) or above should submit their final grade confirmation letter.
A detailed or structured resume is one that provides a comprehensive professional profile of applicants, targeted towards their intended program of study. We are interested in knowing where applicants have worked, for how long, and what they were responsible for in the positions held. Provide as much information as possible, with special attention to demonstrating five years of leadership experience as described above (and a minimum of 10 years of professional experience for flexible admissions). Your detailed resume should include the following:
- Education: List all post-secondary education, degrees, diplomas, and certificates you have achieved.
- Work Experience: Please include name of organization, position, length of service (month and year), and a brief description of duties.
- Voluntary/Unpaid Work Experience: List and describe any voluntary/unpaid post-secondary employment and/or community service experience. Please include the name of the organization, length of service, and a brief description of duties. List positions you have held in this service.
- Information Technology Training and Experience: Briefly describe your level of training and experience in the use of information technology including computers, software and telecommunications networks as tools for business, education, teaching and personal use.
- Professional memberships/affiliations: List memberships and positions you hold/have held in professional associations, service clubs, community/volunteer sector.
- Other relevant information: Provide any other information which you believe is relevant to your application and will be of assistance to the review committee.
We require two professional references. Reference letters should be completed by someone from your current professional network (within the past five years) who can attest to your commitment, knowledge, skills, and ability to complete a demanding academic program. References from direct supervisors are preferred wherever possible.
References will not be accepted from members of your family.
- Applicants declaring permanent resident or Convention Refugee status in Canada must submit a copy of their Permanent Resident Card (PR card) along with their application.
- Transcript evaluation fee or credential evaluation report, if submitting international transcripts.
- An official English Language Proficiency score report or other evidence of proficiency if English is not your primary language.
- Other information or documents as may be requested to determine your eligibility.
For information on how and where to send your supporting documents, please refer to the document submission guidelines.