Strategic Human Resources Management, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 6 months
  • English (book IELTS)
With the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management program at Royal Roads University, you gain the strategic skills and tactical understanding to be an active player at the executive level. Build on existing technical human resources knowledge and learn to effectively manage a diverse workforce in organizations undergoing change.


Who It’s For

Designed for HR professionals with a minimum three years of experience, this six-month Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management program at Royal Roads University offers a combination of on-campus and online learning to help you balance career aspirations with current obligations.

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.

  • Understand the practicalities of designing and implementing human resource strategies
  • Create strategies for improving organizational effectiveness
  • Understand the challenges and prospects of developing learning organizations
  • Gain the requisite leadership capabilities to accomplish systemic change
  • Develop and improve skills for diagnosing and analyzing change 
  • Lead and implement organizational change management plans
  • Be a catalyst to increased resilience, creativity and performance for individuals and organizations by utilizing a coach approach


Through a partnership with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia & Yukon(CPHR BC & YK), you may be eligible, upon graduation, to earn 100 CPHR hours toward recertification in the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation – all while creating an upward trajectory in your HR career.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Human Resources and Organizational Development: Co-creating the Learning Organization
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Introduction to Academic Integrity
  • Coaching for Leadership

      Detailed Programme Facts

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

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:


        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.

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      • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


        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:


        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 3 to 5 years of relevant full-time work experience.
      Flexible Admission
      • To be considered for Flexible Admission, applicants would normally require at least 5 to 7 years of related full-time work experience.

      Work Experience

      At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

      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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