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The MA in Global Leadership is a two-year blended program comprised of online learning and intensive on-campus residencies designed to build and enhance globally minded leadership and management capabilities.

Specific topics covered in the program include:
-The competencies of global leadership as foundational knowledge for all professionals and business executives working in an International context or having global purposes
-Drivers of global change and how to respond to them
-Socio-political and economic analysis in the global context
-Social purpose organizational dynamics and performance
-Models of community development
-How to manage conflict and tensions across multi-cultural contexts
-Strategic analysis and decision making
-Intercultural communication and skill building , personal resiliency and adaptability
-Project management
-Stakeholder analysis, and authentic collaboration

The first course of the program is online and addresses the foundations of global leadership. During the first year of the program, students are required to participate in a three-week on-campus residency. The residency course is followed by four online courses which the student may complete while living and continuing to work in their home location.

In the second year of the program, students attend a one-week on-campus residency. Following this residency, students have the choice of completing an Independent Study field trip or to join a group of students on an 11 day international cultural leadership field trip. In 2016 students traveled to Ecuador to complete their credits for this course. Daily excursions in Ecuador included explorations of bio diversity, environmental challenges, indigenous community issues, and micro-financed entrepreneurial needs of Andes women.

Students follow this international trip (or independent study activity) with a six-eight month long capstone project where they are to integrate and apply their global leadership skills in a context that benefits an organization, business or community.

Graduates will develop the competencies to: lead and manage change processes, build collaborative teams, create effective interagency partnerships, design and evaluate programs, foster innovation and creativity, communicate results and work effectively and respectfully across cultures, generations, and contexts.

Who It’s For

Professionals and executives who work in a global context within their own country or an international setting and who wish to be more globally minded, self-aware and resilient, able to work with people of diverse needs and cultural backgrounds, and are anchored to values of social purpose and sustainability.

This includes professional who work or desire to work in community based organizations, government organizations, international NGOs, international government organizations, indigenous organizations, international training or institutions of higher education or other types of organizations that have a globally oriented social purpose or peace keeping mission.

The MA in Global Leadership program is also for those in the domestic or international business sector who seek to be socially responsible and globally minded.

Five years of professional work experience that requires responsibilities leading people or projects is desirable, as is familiarity with traveling or living in different international settings. Positional management authority is not necessary. The flexible admission process combined with the blended delivery model enables students to learn without sacrificing their career.


Graduates will be able to apply practical tools and strategies to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to global leadership including:
-Personal awareness working in a global context
-Leading in a diverse global context
-Driving sustainable change in complex environments
-Building global networks to support life-long learning, continued growth and development in the global context

Delivery model

The MA in Global Leadership is a two-year, 36-credit program consisting of on-campus residencies, online courses, and a practical project that will seek to make a difference to a community, organization, or group of people. The result is accessible, high quality learning with minimal professional disruption. Courses will specifically support the development of core knowledge, aptitudes, and skills of global leadership at the personal, community, and organizational levels. Elective courses will further support students to explore topics of interest and/or relevance in specific sectors of practice. This program has two residencies, a three-week residency in the first year and a two-week residency in the second year and culminates with an applied research project enabling students to integrate the skills and knowledge gained in the previous coursework in the examination of a real-world issue of significance to your organization or a global community.

The residency is a carefully designed period of intense academic study. 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.

Online Learning
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.

Visit the Global Leadership - MA page on the Royal Roads University website for more details!




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