Royal Roads University

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

Royal Roads Danthon Castle exterior

Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University. (Photograph courtesy of Dan Anthon)

Royal Roads University caters primarily to mature students by offering applied and professional programs, and by delivering teaching models suited to working people. “We have all been called upon to reinvent and recreate so much in our lives during the pandemic. Creativity will be key in moving all of us forward to shape the world we want to see,” says president Philip Steenkamp. “Our decades of online experience and excellence ensures students will have a meaningful learning experience.”

Royal Roads accepts transfer credits from colleges and universities across the country and around the world. A flexible admission policy recognizes formal and informal learning. With a focus on small classes and group projects, RRU aims to build a network of contacts for students and have them work closely together to achieve common goals. This aim is echoed in the small-group residencies and the on-campus portion of blended online courses. Students can choose from 10 undergraduate degree-completion programs (i.e., third- and fourth-year programs; RRU offers first- and second-year undergrad courses only to international students), 20 master’s programs, more than 40 graduate certificates and diplomas, and two applied doctoral programs, in social sciences and business administration. A new dual-graduate degree offers business students a chance to study both executive management and global management. The campus, set on a former coal baron’s estate within the Hatley Park National Historic Site, is surrounded by gardens and forest and is a 20-minute drive to Victoria.

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Standout Programs
Justice Studies: This interdisciplinary bachelor’s program delivers theoretical and practical training in areas such as criminal justice, social justice, human rights, advocacy, conflict resolution and mediation.
Business and Sustainability: Students in this bachelor of business administration program acquire the skills to manage sustainable businesses anywhere in the world. Extracurriculars, such as competitions, provide opportunities to apply learning.
Environmental Science: Lab and field work in a team setting give students job-ready technical skills and experience. A major nine-month industry project is included.

Cool Courses
Human Dimensions of Disasters: Students explore perspectives on the implications of disasters and their effects on society.
Mindful Resilience in the Workplace: Students learn mindfulness techniques and practical skills for strengthening resilience.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts, Science, Commerce: B average in first two years of post-secondary school for entry to third-year pro­grams; no direct admittance for Canadian students to first-year undergraduate programs
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,286
Graduates: Full-time: 3,620
International Students: Graduate: 18.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 38 to 62
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 176 (short-term residences)
Residence Costs: Single room without meals: $30-$45 per night, plus taxes