Deepen your strategic knowledge of business practices to broaden your influence in the workplace. You'll build leadership, analytical and management skills to move yourself and your career forward

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 An MBA like no other 
Deepen your strategic knowledge of business practices to broaden your influence in the workplace. Build leadership, analytical and management skills

The MBA in Executive Management at Royal Roads University gives you the professional advantage to move your career forward

You can continue working while you study and get the education — and credential — you need for professional advancement

You'll be well positioned to move ahead in your organization. Or change your career path. Or start your own business. Or envision something entirely new

 Getting down to business 
We've been delivering the MBA for more than two decades

In our MBA, you'll study all the core business subjects you'd expect — accounting, leadership, finance, human resources, operations and change management

And, you'll take these courses alongside professionals with years of experience who are your classmates and thought-partners

You'll learn from instructors who are business professionals with decades of experience they bring into the classroom

You'll engage with company executives who present their business situations to you, and you'll analyze their cases and make recommendations

You'll be able to immediately apply the knowledge and insight you gain right away in your workplace

 Program options 
 Tailor your program to your passions 
You'll choose one of two specialization options in your Royal Roads MBA:
- Royal Roads graduate certificate
- MITx MicroMasters® program
 MBA + MGM dual degree 
**New in 2021 Expand the global focus of your MBA by combining it with the Master of Global Management

Learn more about the dual degree option

 Who it's for 
The Royal Roads MBA program is designed for experienced professionals from diverse sectors looking to move their careers forward

If you choose the blended model, you can continue working while completing your MBA, which is delivered through online courses and short on-campus residencies

If you're looking to refresh and develop your skills before you start the MBA, you can take preparatory courses. And, you'll have the support of our program staff throughout the program

 Flexible admission 
If you have work experience but don't have post-secondary education or you haven't completed a degree, you can apply to this program through the flexible admission option

 Your peers 
Our MBA students come from across Canada and around the world. They work in corporations, government, small businesses, the military and non-profits. They are consultants, mid-level managers and executive-level leaders

In your cohort of 30 to 40 students, you'll meet professionals who are just like you — juggling work, family and life events. You're in this together. You'll have support along the way

MBA students are required to have at least seven years of work experience; your cohort will have an average of 15 years' experience. We have a balance of female and male participants; their average age is 40

Personal and professional diversity enhances the learning environment. It leads to deeper conversations and analysis of how course materials apply to on-the-job issues. Your peers will become a key part of your professional network for years to come

 Program delivery 
You can choose to complete this program in one of two ways:
- through a blend of online courses and on-campus residencies
- entirely on campus
 Option 1: Blended learning 
Complete your MBA through our blended learning model, a mix of online courses and on-campus residencies

 Online courses 
Online courses consist of assigned readings, synchronous or asynchronous lectures, interactive discussions, and individual and team assignments

You’re expected to meet deadlines and contribute meaningfully to your class. Your contributions are a big part of everyone’s learning

 Residencies 
This blended program has two residencies

Residencies are intensive and immersive. Many students say this time together is the highlight of their program

During your residency, you can expect to:
- attend classes full time
- complete individual and team assignments by the deadlines
- take part in extracurricular activities
**Residency 1**
In this two-week residency, you’ll work closely with your colleagues and instructors in classroom and team settings and create relationships that will support you in your studies online

**Residency 2**
The MBA ends with a two-week residency designed to help you integrate and apply what you've learned in the program

Working in teams, you’ll help a client address organizational challenges using strategies you've learned in your courses

You’ll be exposed to creative problem-solving tools and techniques to address business and management challenges

 Option 2: On campus 
**New in fall 2021 Complete your MBA on campus at Royal Roads

Studying on campus brings you together with your class colleagues and instructors. Expect the program to be rigorous and rewarding. You’ll do homework, readings and team assignments outside of your full-time class hours. And, you'll take part in extracurricular activities

You'll also have the opportunity to do study exchanges with partner universities abroad

 Cohort model 
In both the blended and on-campus MBA, you'll join a cohort of 30 to 40 mid-career professionals

Our MBA program has a very high completion rate, and the cohort model is key to your success. The tight bonds and support of your cohort will help you overcome challenges and keep you moving forward

Professionals in your cohort will come from around the world and have experience in business, military, government, education and non-profits

The diversity of participants contributes to the richness of your MBA experience. The perspectives you develop and the network you build will open new opportunities for you to enhance your career and enrich your personal connections

 Applied management project 
In your Organizational Management Project, you'll lead an initiative at an organization of your choice and help them address a specific management problem or challenge

You'll write a paper that includes recommendations for ways the organization can address the issue and develop an implementation plan

This project will allow you to meaningfully contribute to an organization by exploring a topic tailored to your interests

 Courses 
 Faculty 
 Transfer agreements 
 Refine results 
GMAT/GRE is not required

 Standard admission 
- Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution

- Normally, at least seven years of full-time relevant work experience, with three years at a management* level and increasing levels of responsibility

 Flexible admission 
- Under flexible admission, the combination of work experience, education, and professional development is assessed. Applicants must show evidence of having sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to complete a demanding academic course of study at a master's level and have significant business-related experience

- Applicants under flexible admission would normally require at least 10 years of full-time relevant work experience, with five years at a management* level and increasing levels of responsibility

* Management experience could include one or more of the following:
- Formal organizational management or leadership roles in which you directly supervise staff, budgets, or complete performance-oriented work with individuals, groups, or teams

- Roles involving consultation, negotiation with, or management of diverse interest groups, in a complex environment

- Roles in which you lead others toward shared goals and outcomes

- Roles in which you influence, organize, and coordinate groups of people

- Please ensure that you demonstrate your management experience in your detailed resume, and clearly indicate how your years of experience meet the requirements
- For all applicants, any acquisition of a professional designation, such as a CA, PMP, or other nationally recognized distinctions, should be noted on your resume in your application package

 English language proficiency 
- If English is not your primary language, please review our English language requirements

 Additional requirements 
- Solid academic and business research, in writing and critical thinking skills are required for success in this program. Applicants need to include detailed information and evidence that highlights research, writing and critical thinking skills gained through academic writing and/or work experience. The applicant's statement of intent and writing sample will be used as evidence in assessing writing competence. Applicants who wish to refresh or sharpen their academic writing and/or critical thinking skills may be encouraged or required to complete RRU Continuing Studies' Academic Writing and Critical Thinking course with a "B" grade

- Accounting and numeracy skills are required for success in this program. Applicants need to include detailed information and evidence that highlights accounting and numeracy gained through academic and/or work experience. Applicants who need to refresh and/or sharpen their accounting skills may be required to take an accounting course as a condition of admission. To meet this condition, applicants may be required to successfully complete both of the following Royal Roads Continuing Studies courses with a "B" grade in each: Financial Accounting Fundamentals and Managerial Accounting Fundamentals

All applications to this program require submission of the following information and supporting documents before your file can be assessed for admission:
 Application form 
In order to apply online, you will be required to create a log-in account using your email address. You will be required to list all credit courses and/or programs you have completed or are currently enrolled in. An application fee will be required. If your application fees are being paid by a third party, review sponsored student information. Once submitted, you may check the status of your application at any time

 Official transcripts 
Applicants are responsible for arranging for the submission of official transcripts from ALL post-secondary (higher education) institutions currently or previously attended, for all credit courses and/or programs. Transcripts are not required for non-credit programs or courses, though some programs may require proof of professional certifications or designations

Transcripts are considered official only if submitted directly by the Registrar or other recognized authority of the providing institution in the institution's original, sealed envelope. If the envelope has been opened, the transcripts are no longer official and new (official) transcripts will be required to complete your application

All international transcripts or credentials are subject to an international transcript and/or credential evaluation

 Statement of intent 
The statement of intent should consist of (but is not limited to) a two to three page essay and must address the following questions:
- What influenced your decision to apply to RRU’s MBA program?
- What do you hope to contribute to this program and the university?
- In 5‐10 years, how do you anticipate this program will add value?
- How is this program relevant to your personal and career goals?
- What training and/or academic courses have you done that relate to management?
- What experience have you had with distance education and self‐directed study?
- What experience do you have working collaboratively in a team?
If there is any other information that you feel might be of interest or relevance to your application, please include it in the statement of intent


 Writing sample 
All applicants must submit evidence of competency in written communication. There are three options for providing this evidence:
- You may include a recent (within the last 2 years) writing sample from your academic work that has been assessed by an instructor. You are encouraged to include the instructor comments and final assessment, though this is not required

- If you do not have a recent writing sample on file, you may write an original, maximum 500 word statement addressing the question: “What is my management and/or leadership philosophy?” Your writing should be clearly organized, should take a position, and substantiate it with evidence from personal experience and other sources

- In lieu of a writing sample, applicants may register in the Academic Writing and Critical Thinking course offered through Continuing Studies at Royal Roads University. Your course may be in progress at the time of application. However, course completion with a minimum B (73%) is required as a condition for entry

Please note: Applicants must submit a writing sample OR proof of enrolment in RRU Continuing Studies’ Academic Writing and Critical Thinking course as a part of their application package. Applicants who have previously completed RRU Continuing Studies’ Academic Writing and Critical Thinking course with a B (73%) or above should submit their final grade confirmation letter

 Detailed résumé 
A detailed or structured résumé is one that provides a comprehensive professional profile of the applicant. We are interested in knowing where an applicant has worked, for how long, and what they were responsible for in the positions held. Provide as much information as possible, with special attention to the past ten years of your career. Your detailed résumé should include the following:
Education:List all post‐secondary education, degrees, diplomas, and certificates you have achieved. Work experience:Please include name of organization, position, length of service (month and year), and a brief description of responsibilities. Training and Professional development:List career related training and professional development programs completed with the past five years. Include the source of training, and the duration and year completed. List other training and personal development programs not already identified. Voluntary/unpaid work experience:List and describe any voluntary/unpaid post-secondary employment and/or community service experience. Please include name of organization, length of service and a brief description of duties. Information technology training and experience:Briefly describe your level of training and experience in the use of information technology including computers, software and telecommunications networks as tools for business, education, teaching and personal use. Professional memberships/affiliations:List memberships and positions you hold/have held in professional associations, service clubs, community/volunteer sector. Other relevant information:Provide any other information which you believe is relevant to your application and will be of assistance to the review committee

 Letters of reference 
One reference letter should be based on work experience and the other based on either academic performance or community service. However, two work-related references are acceptable in certain cases

The reference letters should confirm that an applicant is a suitable candidate for an MBA program. The writer(s) should articulate why they feel the applicant will succeed in such a program, whether they feel it will benefit the applicant (and why), and any other information about the applicant which could identify them as a good fit for the program. The context in which the referee has come to know the applicant should also be mentioned. Length and level of detail in the letters may vary; there is no set standard

 If applicable: 
- Applicants declaring permanent resident or Convention Refugee status in Canada, must submit a copy of their Permanent Resident Card (PR card) along with their application

- Transcript evaluation fee or credential evaluation report, if submitting international transcripts

- An official English language proficiency score report or other evidence of proficiency if English is not your primary language

- Other information or documents as may be requested to determine your eligibility

For information on how and where to send your supporting documents, please refer to the document submission guidelines

 Financial aid and awards 
 Refine results 
 RBC Community Integrated Learning Grants 
Funding for students completing a required career learning and development (CLD) work term in the community of at least 420 hours with an organization that cannot provide wages or compensation

$5,000
Development
 ACT WEST Community Foundation Fund 
The ACT WEST Community Foundation helps support single mothers build better lives for themselves and their children

up to 4 years tuition
External
Single Parents
 Admiral John Charles and Mary Charles Scholarship 
Awarded annually to a second year School of Humanitarian Studies student who is currently serving or retired military

$1,500
Active students (In-course)
 Allan Cahoon Global Advancement and Diversity Award 
Assist students in underrepresented populations who wish to promote diversity

$1,000
Active students (In-course)
 Allan Cahoon Scholarship 
This scholarship aims to encourage academic excellence, supporting students who excel both academically and through their leadership

$1,500
Active students (In-course)
 Andrea Fallan Memorial Bursary 
Provides financial assistance to a second year BCom student for exceptional leadership, community involvement, and dedication to promote a cohesive team environment

$500
Active students (In-course)
 Asper Foundation Communications Award 
Awarded to students in communications-related degree working in, or seeking to work in the communications industry

$5,000
Active students (In-course)
 Assistance Program for Students with Permanent Disabilities 
This program helps students with permanent disabilities pay for exceptional education-related services and adaptive equipment

Up to $12,144/year
External
 Customize your learning, study your passion 
We offer two specialization options for you to choose from in your MBA

You can choose the option that works best for your goals

 Option 1: Graduate certificate 
Complete a Royal Roads graduate certificate for your MBA specialization. You'll need to apply to and be accepted in the graduate certificate program you're interested in

This option might extend the length of time required to complete your degree

If you've already completed a Royal Roads graduate certificate, you can use the 9 credits you've earned toward your MBA

Choose from these graduate certificates:
Advanced Coaching Practices
Asia Pacific Trade and Investment
Business Development in International Education
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Corporate Social Innovation
Environmental Education and Communication
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Business and Innovation – Europe
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Management and Leadership
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Organization Design and Development
Personal and Professional Leadership Development
Professional Communication Management
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Science and Policy of Climate Change
Strategic Enrolment Management
Strategic Global Communication
Strategic Human Resources Management
Sustainable Community Development
Systems Leadership in Higher Education
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Transforming Child Protection to Wellbeing
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 Professional certifications 
We designed the MBA specializations with working professionals in mind. By completing a specialization, you can earn educational hours toward the following professional certifications:
- Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada)
- Association of Change Management Professionals®
- International Coaching Federation (ICF), Project Management Institute (PMI)
- Association of Change Management Professionals®
 Option 2: MITx MicroMasters® 
Complete a MITx MicroMasters program, delivered online through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

You can choose from:
- supply chain management
- principles of manufacturing
- data, economics and development policy
- finance
- statistics and data science
You can complete your MITx MicroMasters specialty program before, during or after your Royal Roads MBA

You'll earn MicroMasters credentials by taking a set of MITx graduate-level courses and passing the corresponding exams. You can then apply up to nine credits to your Royal Roads MBA

International students: Selecting MITx MicroMasters courses may impact your full-time student status and long-term goals. Speak with an immigration consultant before proceeding

MicroMasters is a registered trademark of edX Inc. All Rights Reserved

 MBA + MGM dual degree 
Combine the MBA and the Master of Global Management at Royal Roads University

Doing both master's degrees will give you the advantage you're looking for in your career. You'll gain executive leadership knowledge and gain the experience, skills and perspective to lead a global business

 New applicants 
*For students who have not completed an MBA or MGM at Royal Roads*
You'll spend the first year of your studies taking required courses in either the MBA or MGM. In the second year, you'll cross over to the other program and take its required courses

You'll choose a specialization (graduate certificate or MITx MicroMasters®) and complete an applied research project

You can take time off in between the two degrees to gain work experience before completing the second master's

To be accepted to do the dual degree, you'll need to meet the admission requirements for both the MBA and the MGM

 MBA and MGM alumni 
If you've already completed your MBA or MGM at Royal Roads, you can return to the university at any time to do the second master's degree

To complete the second degree, you'll take its required courses. You won't need to retake core courses that are common between both degrees (e.g., corporate finance)

You'll also need to complete a specialization (graduate certificate or MITx MicroMasters®) and an applied research project

To be accepted into the second program, either the MBA and the MGM, you'll need to meet its admission requirements

 Specializations 
 Option 1: Graduate certificate 
Complete a Royal Roads graduate certificate as your specialization option. You'll need to apply to and be accepted in the graduate certificate program you're interested in

With the graduate certificate option, your transcript will show you've completed three credentials: the MGM, MBA and the graduate certificate. The graduate certificate specialization option might extend the length of time required to complete your programs

If you've already completed a Royal Roads graduate certificate, you can use the 9 credits you've earned toward your degrees

Choose from these graduate certificates:
Advanced Coaching Practices
Asia Pacific Trade and Investment
Business Development in International Education
-
Corporate Social Innovation
Environmental Education and Communication
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Business and Innovation – Europe
-
Management and Leadership
-
Organization Design and Development
Personal and Professional Leadership Development
Professional Communication Management
-
Science and Policy of Climate Change
Strategic Enrolment Management
Strategic Global Communication
Strategic Human Resources Management
Sustainable Community Development
Systems Leadership in Higher Education
-
Transforming Child Protection to Wellbeing
-
-
**Professional certifications**
By completing a specialization, you can earn educational hours toward the following professional certifications:
- Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada)
- Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)
- Association of Change Management Professionals®
- International Coaching Federation (ICF), Project Management Institute (PMI)
- Association of Change Management Professionals®
 Option 2: MITx MicroMasters® 
Complete a MITx MicroMasters program as your specialization option. The programs are delivered online through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

You can choose from:
- supply chain management
- principles of manufacturing
- data, economics and development policy
- finance
- statistics and data science
You can complete your MITx MicroMasters specialty program before, during or after your Royal Roads MBA + MGM dual degree

International students: Selecting MITx MicroMasters courses may impact your full-time student status and long-term goals. Speak with an immigration consultant before proceeding

MicroMasters is a registered trademark of edX Inc. All Rights Reserved

Get to know graduates of the Royal Roads MBA program

Read about their motivations and accomplishments, and find out how their education helped them achieve their goals

 Michelle Dolan's success story 

My name is Michelle Dolan and I completed my Masters of Business Administration on November 9, 2017. I had wanted to complete the program as I was motivated to learn about business and to use my learning to obtain a bigger and better job

Meeting my classmates prior to the program start helped to ensure everyone was on the same page prior to completing the majority of the program online. I loved the blended learning program. The experience of learning in an online environment actually helped me prepare my current team to work effectively from home

As part of an MBA class project, I redesigned my organization's recruiting strategy to develop more robust recruiting practices to align with the operational requirements for the business. I used Lean concepts of continuous improvement to develop a value stream map (VSM) on how to build efficient and effective bidding processes. For my MBA OMP project, I examined barriers, factors and best practices on how to motivate employees to return to work and stay at work after being on short or long-term disability. The findings will assist my organization on how to prevent injuries, reduce costs and align policies with the Canadian Labour Relation laws

Finally, as an RRU MBA student, I worked with a small business from Victoria to redesign its corporate structure as they entered into a period of rapid growth. Along with designing a new corporate structure, I developed a Human Resource tool kit and a Public Relations plan to encourage corporate profitability and growth

The MBA has made me a more succinct writer, I have the ability to learn about anything and the program has opened so many more possibilities I never had without it

 Mark Greenberg's success story 

When I graduated from high school, I went directly into a professional career and never had the opportunity to attend University. Over 30 years later, going back to school and attending a prestigious university had become a bucket list goal for me, so when I was presented with the opportunity, I immediately jumped at it. Royal Roads accepted me into the Master’s program based on my successful global professional career history

After my first residence, I quickly realized that I was extremely underprepared for the expectations of university life and with the help of the Royal Roads writing center, I was paired with a writing coach in order to build the skills that I was missing. I am extremely proud of my academic accomplishment as I went from having no post-secondary education, to finishing my Master’s program with a 3.81 GPA and an A+ grade on my OMP. This experience was one of my greatest accomplishments and one that I am so proud of

What I liked about the blended delivery model is that it both allowed me to complete assignments at my own pace, work with other highly talented learners, and gave me a taste of the university dorm life which was an amazing experience. Also, although I was one of the oldest students in my program, at 50 years old I felt I completely welcome and respected

Although my interest in attending the program was entirely for personal reasons, it ended up leading to a new career opportunity leading a global organization as the Vice President. Today I utilize the skills learned to create and execute strategies in manufacturing and innovation and at the same time position our products as a global market differentiator. These are skills that I would not have had or been able to execute without successfully completing this program

Lastly, one of the skills that I learned during my Master’s program is how to write an academic paper. Today, I mentor my three daughters in their university programs and guide them with their papers. Although they now say that their dad is afor being able to help them, I know they are so proud of me and would not want it any other way

 Organizational Management Project 
My OMP project was based on the automotive collision industry and focussed on employee attrition issues as well as recruitment and attraction strategies. This is clearly a North American issue in many trade sectors today. I chose to complete this project for BCIT who were very appreciative of the recommendations and perspective

The process of completing the OMP project with an external organization gave me a very strong foundation in which to approach future opportunities. It also made me realize that although I may have opinions of things from the start, exploring as many possible perspectives as possible before making a decision helps to strengthen the outcome and possible solution

As far as career progression, at the time of the MBA, I was the General Manager of one division of the organization. This past January, after completing my MBA program, I was given the opportunity to become the Vice President of another division of our company and am now the Vice President of two companies

 Maria Anwar's success story 

I completed my Master of Business Administration in Executive Education with a specialization in International Business &Innovation from Royal Roads University in 2020. During my 31 months in the MBA program, I had the chance to dive deeply into areas of leadership, strategy and human behaviour, work with clients, travel to France and form lifelong friendships with so many incredible people from within my diverse cohort

The blended format allowed us to form deep bonds in real life through the shared (and intense!) experience of the campus residencies while the distance portion supported the integration of business concepts into our day to day work. For instance, some of my classmates flew to Calgary from parts of B.C. and Alberta to help facilitate a Kaizen event at my workplace during our process improvement course. Although this course was a distance offering, the level of excitement and engagement displayed by my peers was infectious and served as a catalyst for change that lasted well beyond the single event

The insights, experiences and relationships I gained during the program have positively impacted my life, both professionally and personally ever since the very first moment! As a healthcare leader, I appreciated the balance of academic rigour, critical thinking and creative problem solving with experiential discussion, storytelling and reflection. Specifically, I was able to apply principles to practice with a brilliant mastermind of business leaders from a variety of industries, backgrounds and experiences supporting and workshopping ideas with me along the way. As a cohort representative, I had the opportunity to connect with the MBA program administration and leadership in the spirit of advocacy, knowledge sharing and celebration

One of the greatest gifts of the MBA program truly was the depth of relationships and investment of energy in each other. Each member of our cohort was vulnerable and allowed themselves to be seen and heard as well as passed the microphone to other classmates. I was delighted to be honoured with the Founders’ award for leadership, community focus and personal development by the program as well as recognized as a member of the best client presentation team, awarded by the instructors

The MBA program has given me the courage, confidence and skills to push boundaries beyond what I ever thought could be possible. Next, I am entering the entrepreneurial space to serve emerging and aspiring healthcare leaders along their own journey through coaching, advising, facilitating and speaking engagements

 Organizational Management Project 
I had the privilege of working with a pair of dynamic, young entrepreneurs who cofounded and operate HustleCo, a coworking space located in Calgary, Alberta. The topic of my OMP was the examination of strategic alliances as an expansion strategy in the coworking industry. Unfortunately, due to the circumstances around COVID-19, the business priorities for HustleCo shifted in order to keep their members safe, healthy and prevent the spread of disease. Personally, working with a small startup in an emerging industry and creative space was completely transformative. The experience offered opportunities to engage with the community of content creators, remote workers, consultants and entrepreneurs that were drawn to the HustleCo model and community as well as deepen my understanding of entrepreneurial practices through conversations with the cofounders. Working on addressing a business challenge and growth strategy infused a desire and passion to expand my own professional energy in creating an independent venture of my own. One that is aimed at supporting emerging and aspiring healthcare leaders to be the best they can be and, ultimately, to enhance the delivery of care for patients and the public

I am so grateful for my time at Royal Roads, every moment, experience, conversation and relationship – I am confident that it will not be the last!
 Marcie Cochrane's success story 

Deciding to pursue my MBA in Executive Management at Royal Roads was based on the expectation that I would develop into a more well-rounded leader, acquiring business and leadership skills that would enhance my career as a professional engineer. I did not anticipate that my MBA experience would set my career on a different trajectory, being the starting point for the creation of my own company that aligns my personal interests and values with the opportunity to improve the profession of engineering. In starting my own company, I also have the flexibility to balance work, family, and life on my terms

The knowledge and expertise I gained through my Organizational Manamengent Project combined with my experience as a professional engineer allowed me to start my own company where I provide diversity and inclusion consulting services within the engineering sector. My OMP examined the retention of women in the engineering profession in British Columbia. I was able to work with the organization that regulates professionals practicing engineering in BC, allowing me to look at retention across the industry, rather than just within one employer organization. I now work with engineering organizations to improve diversity and inclusion, drawing upon my OMP research experience

The OMP experience has allowed me to move my career in a new direction. The MBA program gave me the foundation skills I needed to successfully build and run my own company, while my OMP research has created the foundation expertise and research skills that are core to the consulting services I offer. This has allowed me to move from practicing engineering to a position where I am still working within the engineering sector but now performing work that supports the goal of improving the profession for all

 Webinar: How can the RRU MBA propel your career? 
In this webinar, Marcie Cochrane, along with other MBA alumni, explored the Organizational Management Project journey and what sort of impact this major component of the MBA program had in her career:
Marcie Cochrane was awarded the Chancellors Award and was a nominee for the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award for her Organizational Management Project

 Lauralee March's success story 

My expectations of the MBA program were that it would be a challenging and rewarding experience. Not only was that my actual experience, but I was also surprised by how much immediate practical application the program had on my professional work

Team and cohort learning were integral aspects of my experience as it really reflected the workplace. The blended delivery model was what attracted me to the program in the first place. As a career professional, I was challenged by the time commitment away from work it would be to pursue graduate learning. With the intense on-campus sessions, I was able to take time off work to attend and then integrate the learning into my work and home balance during the distance sessions. With the technology available today, the transition from in-person to distance learning was easily facilitated

I have told several people that if I were to experience the MBA program over again, I would garner just as much the second time because I would be in an entirely different cohort of learners. The cohort learning model is so valuable to this program as I learned the most through the diversity of learners. Everyone brought different perspectives and experiences and that really enriched my learning

I chose the Management Consulting specialization and I believe that provided me with a skill set that is very transferable to any career path. It allows for the application of critical analysis, consultation, and sound decision-making in all industries

One aspect of the program impacted my workplace in ways that I didn’t expect – the Organizational Management Project (OMP), the program capstone. I thought I was only researching something that I thought was interesting, but I didn’t expect the high level of collaboration and enthusiasm from my workplace as the sponsoring organization for a school project. This actually cultivated my interest as a researcher

I am now back at RRU in the last stages of the Master of Arts in Leadership and the early stages of the Doctor of Social Sciences. I suppose the continual practical application of education that RRU provides has compelled me to return

 Justin Leger's success story 

Going into the MBA program I was looking for a way to make sense of all the knowledge and experience I had gained in the workforce. As a military member without much civilian business experience, I didn’t really “speak the language” of business or fully appreciate the different disciplines and areas of study. RRU’s program fully delivered on giving me both the academic and practical frameworks I needed to bring all of my work experience together and make me a much more effective leader. More than that, it gave me the confidence – and the opportunity – I needed to make a massive career transition

Over the course of the program, I was able to build competencies and make relationships that led me to a new industry. Not only that, I picked up skills in the Management Consulting stream that have allowed me to work independently. I’m very proud of the contributions my team and I have been able to make to our business – contributions that have been guided every day by my MBA education. I wouldn’t have been able to recognize risks as well, work through issues as successfully, or be able to share my knowledge and experience as effectively without the tools the MBA program gave me

The blended delivery model ensured that I was able to effectively build the relationships I would need to be successful in the program while also being able to meet my work and family commitments. The in-class part of the program can be intense, but it’s also where you make some lifelong friendships. I regularly keep in touch with many of the people from my cohort. The online portion of the program was a bit of a learning curve, but looking back, it actually helped prepare me for a world where remote collaboration is becoming more and more necessary

It isn’t overstating it to say that the MBA program was life-changing. It has given me so many tools, both personal and professional, that it would be hard to imagine life without them. Any MBA experience is only what you make of it, but I feel very confident saying that all of the building blocks are there to make RRU’s program a worthy investment

 Alf Goodall's success story 

I decided to apply to the MBA program at Royal Roads because I wanted to augment my extensive work experience with postgraduate education as I considered a late-career transition. The dynamic learning experience, blended delivery model and specialization choices made the MBA in Executive Management an easy choice

My primary job is coaching entrepreneurs in strengthening their businesses to create better top and bottom-line results. Every day I use tools from the program in diagnosing their challenges and recommending action plans, with a lot of emphasis on strategy, change management, and customer value. My education has given me tremendous confidence in my ability to perform my work and create better results

I gained a lot from the diversity of the cohort, with people from the non-profit sector, government, large public companies, and small to medium-sized enterprisesin the program. I also greatly enjoyed my specialization in Innovation and International Business, which culminated in a two-week residency in Grenoble. It was one of the highlights of the program

The program challenged, and rewarded, me in ways I did not expect. The support I received from professors, our coach, and my cohort helped me tremendously

I am very happy with the choice I made. This program amplified my thirty years of work experience; helping me make an even more positive contribution to my work and community

 Jeanne Kim's success story 

At our first MBA residency at Royal Roads, Dr. William Holmes, Dean of the Faculty of Management stated, “If it was easy, it wouldn’t be an MBA”. He was right. The RRU MBA program challenged my perspective about the world, my own abilities to critically think, and my skills to work on a team and as part of a team. However, I have come away from this program with a lot more courage and confidence to apply the skills, knowledge, and abilities I obtained from this program and use them to positively influence and contribute to my organization

 Organization Management Project (OMP) 
The highlight of this program was the Organization Management Project (OMP). The MBA program prepared me for this capstone project and brought together all of the skills and knowledge I obtained from the program to deliver a thorough academic research paper

My OMP resulted in an opportunity to positively impact my community. My research and investigation on regional economic development led me to a few key influencers and thought leaders who were very interested in one of my project recommendations, which was planning and hosting a Cluster Initiative (CI). CI is an organized endeavour that brings both cluster business leaders and policy-makers or influencers within a region to the table to assess the strengths, opportunities, and gaps within a business cluster as well as identify external economic barriers, threats, and advantages. I am currently working on a research grant to pursue this endeavour through the rural economic development entity in my region

Overall, the MBA program teaches you to analyze a problem or opportunity, apply critical thinking skills through research and analysis to collect findings and provide feasible recommendations. I have adopted this method at work and it has helped me be more thorough, accurate, and deliver the best solution to organizational challenges and problems. I have become a much stronger leader in my organization, and my contributions led to a senior-level promotion. The MBA program may not lead everyone to a promotion at work, but I believe individuals will definitely come out of the program a stronger, more confident and competent professional

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 Carrie Dye's success story 

My career had advanced quickly over the previous few years and I felt an MBA education would give me the knowledge and confidence to be the leader I wanted to be. The RRU MBA program offered the flexibility I was looking for to fit in schoolwork at the times each week that worked best for me. Yes, you can work full-time, have dinner with your family, coach your kid’s sports team, and do your MBA coursework. Learning to focus on priorities and invest time where it will be most impactful is one of the valuable skills I refined through the program and now use every day

The cohort of students going through the program with me was diverse and experienced in business leadership. The discussions, teamwork and interactions we shared provided a richness to my learning that I could never have gotten from a textbook. Plus, I gained lifelong friends and a network of business leaders across industries and across the country

The COVID pandemic hit the world right as my MBA journey completed. Working through new situations where I wasn’t an expert, had missing information and felt unsure of the outcomes was now nothing new. With my MBA background, I was confident I could make a good, informed decision based on the information available and had the skills and resources to tackle whatever lay ahead

 Organizational Management Project (OMP) 
My OMP project focused on how to embed a strategic account management framework into the BC government’s corporate real estate operations. While this client service model was a best practice among large complex organizations in the private sector, past attempts to implement it in this public sector organization had faltered

My recommendations were fully endorsed by the organization’s senior executive team and I was tasked with leading the implementation. I worked with a team to launch the new client-centric framework which involved rolling out the initiative across the entire organization and with our clients

Professionally, it’s not only rewarding to see my future-state vision for the organization come to fruition, but it has also elevated my credibility within an organization I joined only a few weeks before starting my OMP. I’m confident that when I’m ready to change roles I will be a strong candidate