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Master of Business Administration in Executive Management

The following information applies to intakes that start on or after August 2018.

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 with a minimum GPA of B (3.00/4.33).
  • Applicants who meet the degree requirement, but not the GPA, may be required to take the Academic Writing and Critical Thinking course and obtain a minimum B (73%) in the writing course prior to commencing the program.
  • 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.
  • Flexible admission applicants will normally be required to take Academic Writing and Critical Thinking and obtain a minimum B (73%) in the writing course prior to commencing the program.

*Management experience could include one or more of the following:

  • Formal organizational management or leadership roles in which you directly supervise staff, budgets, or complete performance-oriented work with individuals, groups, or teams.
  • Roles involving consultation, negotiation with, or management of diverse interest groups, 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 management experience in your detailed resume, and clearly indicate how your years of experience meet the requirements

In addition, the following supporting document will be added to the application requirements:

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.
  • A basic knowledge of accounting principles is also strongly recommended. Courses available from Continuing Studies at Royal Roads University that meet these recommendations are:

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 questions:

  • What influenced your decision to apply to RRU’s MBA program? 
  • 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?
  • How is this program relevant to your personal and career goals?
  • What training and/or academic courses have you done that relate to management?
  • What experience have you had with distance education and self‐directed study?
  • What experience do you have working collaboratively in a team?

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. 

Writing sample

All applicants must submit evidence of competency in written communication.  There are three options for providing this evidence:

  1. You may include a recent (within the last 2 years) writing sample from your academic work that has been assessed by an instructor. You are encouraged to include the instructor comments and final assessment, though this is not required.
  2. 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 management and/or leadership philosophy?” Your writing should be clearly organized, should take a position, and substantiate it with evidence from personal experience and other sources.
  3. 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 (73%) 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 (73%) or above should submit their final grade confirmation letter.

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:

  • 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 responsibilities.
  • 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.