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Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University | Victoria, B.C. | Founded 1995


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Royal Roads University caters primarily to mature students by offering applied and professional programs, and by delivering teaching models suited to working people. Small-group residencies—the on-campus portion of blended online courses—provide a valuable network of contacts, while small class sizes and group projects enhance learning. “RRU’s strength is in our differences, and our innovative learning and teaching model is catching the attention of universities around the world,” says president Allan Cahoon. The university accepts transfer credits from colleges and universities across the country. A flexible admission policy allows those who don’t meet academic requirements to qualify based on formal and informal learning. Students choose from 11 undergraduate degree completion programs (i.e., third- and fourth-year; RRU only offers first- and second-year undergrad courses to international students), 19 master’s programs, or 25 graduate certificates and diplomas. An applied doctoral program in social sciences is also on offer. The campus, set on a former coal baron’s estate within the Hatley Park National Historic Site, a 20-minute drive west of Victoria, is surrounded by expansive gardens and wetlands.

READ: Royal Roads through the eyes of a student

Standout Programs

Interdisciplinary Studies: This B.A. offers a focus on communication and culture, environmental studies or justice studies; includes opportunities for students to address real world issues through applied learning and entrepreneurship.

Justice Studies: This interdisciplinary bachelor program covers law, criminology, philosophy, social work, public administration and political science, providing a well-rounded understanding of the Canadian justice system.

Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management: This intensive bachelor program is designed to enable students to be successful innovators in new business ventures or to implement new ideas in established organizations.

Cool Courses

Leadership for Sustainability: Indigenous students and those hoping to work with Indigenous populations learn traditional and modern strategies for being leaders, which involves connecting to the campus and learning from, with, and in nature.

Global Perspective on Indigenous Ways of Knowing: This course draws on Indigenous perspectives and knowledge to analyze global problems that affect the environment and humanity.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Number of students Residence spaces
No direct admittance for Canadian students to first-year undergraduate programs; B average in first two years of post-secondary for entry to third-year programs $9,242 Undergraduates: 1,272
Graduates: 3,455
176 (short-term residences)

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