Program Admission

Master of Business Administration in Executive Management

GMAT/GRE is not required.

Standard Admission

  • Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Normally, at least seven years of full-time relevant work experience, with three years at a management level and increasing levels of responsibility.

Flexible Admission

  • To be considered for Flexible Admission, applicants would normally require at least 10 years of full-time relevant work experience, with five years at a management level and increasing levels of responsibility.

English Language Proficiency

Additional Recommendation(s)

  • For all applicants, any acquisition of a professional designation, such as a CA, PMP, or other nationally recognized distinctions, should be noted on your resume in your application package.
  • Applicants must have intermediate computer skills and be very comfortable with the Windows operating system, MS Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), the use of e-mail (MS Outlook or others), and the use of the Internet for searches. Please note that all course delivery is designed for a PC environment. Mac systems may be used, but support and design is not intended for this technical platform.

Solid academic writing skills are required for success in this program; therefore an English composition course focused on academic writing and critical thinking is strongly recommended. APA style citation is used in this program. A basic knowledge of accounting principles is also strongly recommended. Courses available from Continuing Studies at Royal Roads University that meet these recommendations are:

Transfer Credit or Advanced Standing

Programs offered at Royal Roads University are highly integrated and do not lend themselves to module by module credit for advanced standing. There is a policy of allowing students to seek exemption from distance courses on presentation of convincing evidence that they meet all of the requirements for the module. There is no reduction in tuition fees if such exemptions are granted.

The residency periods are of such high value for interpersonal skills building, team building and leadership development that we do not grant exemptions for residency courses.

Application Requirements

All applications to this program require submission of the following information and supporting documents before your file can be assessed for admission:

Application Form

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. An 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.

Official Transcripts

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.

Statement of Intent

The Statement of Intent should consist of (but is not limited to) a two to three page essay and must address the following four questions:

  • What influenced your decision to apply to Royal Roads University?
  • Why is this degree appropriate for you?
  • What do you hope to contribute to this program and the university?
  • In 5-10 years, how do you anticipate this program will add value?

If there is any other information that you feel might be of interest or relevance to your application, please include it in the Statement of Intent.

Detailed Resume

A detailed or structured resume is one that provides a comprehensive professional profile of the applicant. We are interested in knowing where an applicant has worked, for how long, and what he or she was responsible for in the positions held. Provide as much information as possible, with special attention to the past ten years of your career. Your detailed resume should include the following:

  • Work Experience: Months and years of employment
  • Training and Professional Development: List career related training and professional development programs completed with the past five years. Include the source of training, and the duration and year completed. List other training and personal development programs not already identified. 
  • Voluntary/Unpaid Work Experience: List and describe any voluntary/unpaid post-secondary employment and/or community service experience. Please include name of organization, length of service and a brief description of duties. 
  • 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.

Letters of Reference

One reference letter should be based on work experience and the other based on either academic performance or community service. However, two work-related references are acceptable in certain cases.

The reference letters should confirm that an applicant is a suitable candidate for an MBA program. The writer(s) should articulate why s/he feels the applicant will succeed in such a program, whether s/he feels it will benefit the applicant (and why), and any other information about the applicant which could identify them as a good fit for the program. The context in which the referee has come to know the applicant should also be mentioned. Length and level of detail in the letters may vary; there is no set standard.

If applicable:

  • 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.