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. “We created a learning experience that allows students to stay connected to their communities and combined it with an unparalleled natural and historical environment for research and study,” says president Allan Cahoon. “The problems of our time require multiple lenses, so we placed interdisciplinary discovery at the heart of all our programs.” RRU 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, and 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 forest.
• International Hotel Management: This B.A. program includes a field school in Vancouver, with opportunities for semesters abroad in South Korea, India, Austria, Germany and Chile.
• 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.
• Field Study: This international management course exposes students to real-world tourism operations. Students meet with professionals, explore the effects of tourism on communities and the environment, and consider industry problems and potential solutions.
• Ethics and Environment: Students explore humanity’s relationship to their surrounding environment and the key ethical issues that arise from it.
|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
|176 (short-term residences)|