Delivery Model

The MBA program at Royal Roads University is designed to meet the needs of today’s working professional.

In all, the program includes two three-week residencies, 10 courses completed online, and an Organizational Management Consulting Project (OMP). This allows working professionals to benefit from the synergy of on-campus learning and direct interaction with leading faculty members, while still meeting the demands of career and lifestyle.

The entire program can be completed in 18 or 31 months. The result is accessible, high quality learning with minimal professional disruption.


In preparation for the first MBA residency session and the MBA program at large, we require students to fully participate and complete all activities of an online pre-residency session called 'Getting Down to Business' (GDB). This session starts three weeks prior to the first on-campus residency, and guides students through a variety of technical and program-related activities relevant to a business program.

As the official start of the program, GDB begins as an online session that encourages exploration of the learning platform, formation of the online learning community, and introduction to subject matter specific to the MBA program.  Topics covered in GDB include (but are not limited to) Accounting, Writing Skills, and team-based learning. It is mandatory that all students fully engage in the GDB session to best position themselves for success in the MBA program as a whole.

Classmates meet face-to-face for the first time at the beginning of the first residency period and continue to work in teams during the distance modules as well. This program is based on a cohort model where all students move through the program at the same pace. Inherent to the cohort model is the valuable networking and professional sharing opportunities.

As all students are not equally comfortable with the MS Office suite of software, students are encouraged to visit Computer Services for everything you need to know about Microsoft Office to work through self-directed tutorials and support information before coming to campus to attend their first residency. Students who need more formalized training may wish to register for an in-person course at a computer training institute.


Residencies, the face-to-face sessions in the MBA program, create an opportunity for students to practice their skills in a supported learning environment.

There are two, two-week residencies that ‘bookend’ the program. Following GDB, students will come to the Victoria campus for their first residency. These sessions are intended to be engaging, intense, exploratory, and memorable. The second residency will occur at the end of the program, bringing an opportunity to close off the MBA experience with an integrated simulation, among other activities.

Residency Workload

Students can expect the residency periods to be quite rigorous. The normal classroom schedule is Monday to Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Homework, readings, and team meetings are done outside of these hours. There will be some activities in the evenings, as well as during the normal workday. To gain the most from residency, students are well-advised to avoid personal and other work commitments as much as possible and focus solely on the activities of the residency.

Distance Learning

The distance portions of our MBA Programs take place over the Internet. Prior to commencing each online course, students have access to course materials and readings one week in advance of the course start. Following an asynchronous model, students work through the requirements of the course at their own pace, although there are a number of "real time" deadlines for assignments, exams, etc.

We utilize a number of different delivery methods, including textbooks, articles, case studies, interactive Internet learning, videotapes, and "chat" bulletin boards for correspondence with your team members - who may be on the other side of the country. Teams are formed by the MBA Program office, and students will work on several teams throughout the duration of the program.

Distance Study Workload

In the 18-month program, students will take two distance courses at a time, for a period of nine weeks. Each module will require a level of effort of approximately 12-14 hours per week. This means a total commitment of up to 24-28 hours per week. This is an estimate as each student’s learning style varies. In the 31-month program, students take courses across two 18-month program schedules. There will be times where 31-month students are taking more than one course at a time. 

During the first distance courses, the amount of time required may be higher, as students familiarize themselves with our distance learning technologies. Students should expect final exams in some distance courses. Final exams will be of a traditional nature, held at an appropriate location during the work week (typically on a Friday). Exams are typically three-hours in length and are managed by RRU exam coordinators.

International Option

Students have the opportunity to attend an international residency as part of their final DL session. The International Business – Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Specialization offers specialized courses during the final DL session, one course including an 8-day face-to-face residency in an Asia Pacific country. This specialization is available to learners who begin in the January sessions only.

The International Business and Innovation – Europe Specialization has a three week face-to-face residency in Grenoble, France in place of their final DL session. We have engaged in a long and rich relationship with the Grenoble Graduate School of Business, who will provide our International Business and Innovation - Europe specialization students with transfer credit for the two courses offered in a residency session. This specialization is available to learners who begin in the July sessions only.

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