Royal Roads University

Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, Royal Roads University has a long history of excellence. In 2015, we celebrated 75 years of leadership and learning – 55 years as a military college and 20 years as a public applied research university.

We understand the needs and aspirations of our students, and we’ve created options to deliver an educational experience that fits your lifestyle. The programs offered at Royal Roads University provide our learners with the tools and techniques required to be effective after graduation. Whether you’re looking for a new career or want to improve your standing, financially and professionally, within your current organization, our blended learning model of online courses and intensive, on-campus residencies lets you use what you learn, today.

  • Admissions/Transfer Policy

    As Royal Roads University’s undergraduate programs begin with third year, all of our undergraduate learners are “transfer” students. A number of block transfer agreements have been established with colleges in and out of British Columbia to ensure ease of transfer from existing diploma programs to our degrees. Applicants with educational backgrounds similar to those in the transfer agreements or with equivalent learning achieved in other ways are encouraged to apply.

  • Transfer from Community College and/or University

    Students will be admitted to an undergraduate program of study after having successfully completed a minimum of two years of post-secondary education (or the equivalent) in an appropriate area of study. Applicants who have been awarded a diploma from a recognized community college may be eligible for admission with full block transfer (see below).

  • Flexible Assessment and Foundation Program

    Royal Roads University is committed to the recognition of lifelong learning by providing formal recognition for what learners know and can do. Through the use of Flexible Assessment, Royal Roads University enhances accessibility for learners with non-traditional backgrounds, providing them with the opportunity to be evaluated and receive recognition for their existing demonstrable skills and knowledge. This learner-centred approach opens doors to higher learning for qualified candidates who otherwise would not meet traditional admission requirements in terms of formal academic training and serves the needs of a diverse group of learners. Ideal candidates for Flexible Assessment include, but are not limited to, self-directed and highly motivated mid-career professionals who demonstrate high levels of program specific knowledge and skills and who possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.

    Royal Roads University follows provincial Flexible Assessment guidelines developed by the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT), Centre for Curriculum Transfer and Technology (C2T2), the Provincial PLA Steering Committee, and the Provincial Institutional Coordinators Working Group.

    Flexible Assessment involves several methods, including, but not limited to:

    • presentation of portfolios containing evidence of learning already achieved
    • demonstrations of competency before an objective observer
    • examinations and questionnaires
    • interviews
    • references and letters of validation from persons familiar with the learner’s skills
    • The method of assessment and the level of detail required will vary from individual to individual. In all cases, it is our objective to give the learner full credit for prior learning accomplishments.

    Through the Flexible Assessment process, we expect to be able to assure both the learner and the University of a high probability of successful program completion. In some cases, exemptions from specific parts of a program may be possible. If specific weaknesses are revealed by the process, we may be able to recommend remedial action through partner institutions or through our Foundation Program.
    Admissions through Flexible Assessment does not imply that the learner has achieved the equivalent of a formal credential such as a diploma or bachelor’s degree.

  • English Language Proficiency

    English is the primary language of instruction and communication in all programs offered at the Royal Roads University campus. All applicants seeking admission must possess an adequate knowledge of written and spoken English as a prerequisite for admission to the University. International students should provide evidence of English competence through completion of a standardized test such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Normal requirements for the TOEFL IBT (internet based test): minimum score of 20 in each section for an overall minimum score of 88 or better (Institution code: 9054) will be required.

    English is the language of instruction and communications in all programs taught on campus. All candidates must possess an adequate knowledge of written and spoken English as a prerequisite or admission.

    Applicants to all programs, whose first language is not English, must submit an official score report of English proficiency that meets the minimum requirements below (individual program requirements may require higher scores in some cases):

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (paper-based): 570, TOEFL CBT (computer-based): 233, TOEFL iBT (Internet-based): 20 in each section for an overall score of 88 or better. (Institution Code: 9054)
    • International English Language Testing Services (IELTS): 6.5 overall with no individual item score less than 6.0

    Evidence of English competence through other means, as determined by the Registrar, will be considered on an individual basis.

  • Block Transfers into Specific Programs

    Royal Roads University has also signed individual block transfer agreements with many B.C. Institutions for the following programs:

    • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
    • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice
    • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication
    • Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies
    • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management
    • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice
    • Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management
    • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Bachelor of Business Administration in Business and Sustainability
    • Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management

    Please refer to the Royal Roads University website for the most up to date information on agreements.

    Pathways to Royal Roads University

  • Transfer Credit for Individual Courses

    The integrated nature of our programs makes course-by-course transfer articulation difficult. Requests will be handled on an individual basis.

  • Additional Resources


    Admissions Office
    Royal Roads University
    2005 Sooke Road
    Victoria, BC V9B 5Y2

    Telephone (Victoria): (250) 391-2514;
    Toll-free: (877) 245-5989
    Email – Domestic Applicants:
    Email – International Applicants:
    Web site:
    Calendar (on-line):

    Royal Roads University is a partner of the Canadian Virtual University consortium.

Transfer Information
  • BC Transfer Student

    Royal Roads University has agreements with many educational institutions that enable students to make a smooth transition for completion of their degree studies. For details click here. You can also use BC Transfer Guide to search course transferability.

  • Out-of-Province Transfer Student

    Royal Roads University has agreements with many educational institutions that enable students to make a smooth transition for completion of their degree studies. For details check here.

  • Mature Student & PLAR

    Royal Roads University does not have a specific Mature Student admission category. However, Royal Roads University’s Flexible Admission Process may serve the needs of mature students.

  • International Student

    For details on admission for International Students click here, and for details about English language requirements click here.

  • How to Apply & EducationPlannerBC

    Learn more about admissions at Royal Roads University and apply online.


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Main Campus | Victoria
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC
V9B 5Y2