What will I learn?

The six-month Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development provides working professionals with a flexible path to improving their practical experience, skills and knowledge in sustainable community development through new thinking, strategy and applied solutions.

This program combines on-site experiential learning with online study for an effective, flexible education option.

This graduate certificate program is for community-oriented professionals in the public and private sectors who are seeking practical tools and a holistic understanding of sustainable community-based development. By working on current, local projects that demand initiative, originality and leadership, you will gain the applied and theoretical expertise necessary for resolving complex community challenges. The City Studio residency also creates the opportunity to apply place-based evidence decision-making, improving your ability to effectively facilitate sustainable community development.

Outcomes

Upon completion of this six-month graduate certificate, students will be able to:

  • Apply principles and practices to increase resiliency, innovation and transformation on the path to sustainability;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to analyze applied research challenges or opportunities from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • Gather, select and interpret appropriate quantitative and qualitative data to critically assess and evaluate issues using a systems lens;
  • Critically analyze, interpret and evaluate sustainable community development issues and scenarios, and recommend effective resolutions and strategies;
  • Work with comprehensive tools to support community success in planning, decision-making and successful implementation;
  • Apply principles and practices to build community engagement, capacity, collaboration and positive outcomes in varied contexts;
  • Demonstrate creativity and initiative across systems thinking and critical thinking; and
  • Apply experience and theory for practical, effective community development solutions.

Which department am I in?

School of Environment and Sustainability

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (6 months)

Tuition fees
CAN $8,175 for the entire program. This fee is for 2019 and subject to change in the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected March 2021

Venue

Royal Roads University

2005 Sooke Road,

VICTORIA,

British Columbia (BC),

V9B 5Y2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have four year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field, from a recognized post-secondary institution. English Language Requirements: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in listening and reading; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 88 overall with a minimum 24 in writing and 20 in listening, reading and speaking; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A): 60 overall with a minimum 60 in writing and speaking and 58 minimum in listening and reading.

For international students

STANDARD ADMISSION

  • Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field, from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Normally, at least three years of relevant, full-time work experience

FLEXIBLE ADMISSION

Applicants who do not meet the Standard Admission requirements will be considered for Flexible Admission and assessed as follows:

  • Normally, at least five years of relevant, full-time work experience.

English Language Requirements:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in listening and reading
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 88 overall with a minimum 24 in writing and 20 in listening, reading and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English – Academic (PTE-A): 60 overall with a minimum 60 in writing and speaking and 58 minimum in listening and reading

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About this uni

Royal Roads is more than a university, it is a transformative learning and life-changing experience.

  • Set in a National Heritage Site on the Pacific coast
  • Innovative study model of personal & professional learning
  • Vibrant international student body from over 60 countries
  • Average class size of 35 allowing better access to instructors