Sustainable Community Development, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 6 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
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The six-month Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development at Royal Roads University 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.

About

This Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development at Royal Roads University combines on-site experiential learning with online study for an effective, flexible education option.

Through our collaborative partnership with the City of Victoria, students will complete an intensive eight-day residency at CityStudio, an innovative learning space located in downtown Victoria.

Who It's For

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 CityStudio 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Core Principles of Sustainable Community Development
  • Applied Community Development - Case Studies
  • Sustainable Community Development Collaboratory
  • Introduction to Academic Integrity

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity Full-time
        • Full-time duration 6 months
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
        Blended
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      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:

        6.5

        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

        Book IELTS
      • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

        176

        The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

        Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

      • Minimum required score:

        88

        The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

      Academic Requirements

      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.

      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        7871 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 7871 USD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
      • National Applies to you

        6290 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 6290 USD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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      Funding

      Financial planning is a crucial component of early educational planning. Please review funding opportunites well before your program begins to help build a reasonable budget.

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      Awards

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      Research Scholarships

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      Other Funding

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      StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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