The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership is a two-year, 33-credit program that provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective leadership within complex and changing higher educational environments. This program will prepare students to develop the skills required to work collaboratively, take a systems view of their organization, build enduring relationships and partnerships, make evidence-based decisions, think critically, plan strategically and lead meaningful educational change.
The program includes a Specialization in International Education for those students who wish to focus on leadership in international education contexts.
Who It’s For
Leaders or aspiring leaders in post-secondary educational environments who want to expand their expertise and gain new skills and credentials in the field of higher education administration and leadership, in order to advance or redirect their career. Students of this program are required to have a background in higher education knowledge and experience.
Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy. Please visit the program admission page for more information.
Graduates will develop an understanding of educational improvement concepts and research and be able to apply practical tools and strategies to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to supporting student achievement and institutional growth.
-Facilitate the collaborative development and implementation of shared values, vision, mission, and goals to support learning and achievement for all students
-Understand and use change and improvement processes to support student learning and institutional growth
-Build positive and effective relationships between the institution and the larger community
-Integrate evidence-based decision making approaches into administrative leadership practices to support growth and improvement
-Engage in meaningful self-assessment and self-awareness to enhance leadership skills, positive relationships, and professional goals
-Apply systems thinking to strategically plan and manage the higher education institutional environment to support student learning
-Engage in sound financial planning/budgeting and project management practices to support organizational goals
-Foster and sustain an inclusive institutional culture and climate to support both student learning and faculty/staff professional growth
-Critically analyze the leader’s own organizational context in light of existing cultural norms, national/international trends and global perspectives
-Implement authentic and meaningful strategies assuring program quality
-Lead collaborative and systematic inquiry processes that support institutional growth and improvement
The Specialization in International Education will enable graduates to:
-Critically examine key issues, policies and perspectives that affect how post-secondary institutions integrate international education into their academic and business models
-Improve intercultural understanding, global awareness and internationalization efforts by analyzing and enhancing organizational structures, communication processes and leadership styles
-Gain expertise in the business side of international education, including business development, marketing and recruitment, contract management, policy analysis and risk management
This two-year Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership program is comprised of one mandatory two-week on-campus residency, a second residency that can be completed on-campus or online and distance learning courses.
The residency is a carefully designed period of intense academic study in which students complete two courses – Leading and Learning in Higher Education and Approaches to Educational Research in Higher Education.
The schedule of instruction and studying during the residency is structured to optimize the face-to-face access to instructors, develop networks with fellow students, and access the support services of the university if required. The typical daily schedule is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Team meetings, homework, and readings are done outside of these hours.
Distance courses are delivered entirely online through innovative, easy to use Internet technologies. Participants draw upon web resources as well as more traditional print media, while using online discussion groups and drop boxes to work towards the electronic submission of assignments. Prior to the beginning of each course, students are provided with a list of resources including textbooks and/or online readings, plus a detailed course schedule. Learning activities and assignments are designed to allow participants to identify the practical applications of the course content and to work with others to construct both a personal and shared meaning from their experiences.
Each course requires a level of effort of approximately 10 hours per week. This varies from student to student and becomes easier as students familiarize themselves with Royal Roads University's distance learning technologies, and learn how to work effectively with team members in a virtual setting.