Royal Roads University
OFFERING: Blended MBA combining two three-week residencies with distance education TARGETMARKET: Working professionals seeking flexible learning Warren Eichhorst is a pragmatic sort who doesn’t like to jump through unnecessary hoops. The 2015 Royal Roads MBA graduate began his career with a technical diploma in software development because he thought a bachelor’s degree, with all its electives, would be an impractical use of time and money. Programming jobs eventually led to a leadership role as VP of product and technology at Burnaby-based startup Conasys Inc., a maker of software that helps condominium developers interact with their homeowners. Eichhorst decided that he needed to enhance his business knowledge.
Pragmatism drove his choice of MBA schools. “I need something that is going to enable me to work, have somewhat of a social life, as well as give me the end goal of learning,” he recalls thinking. “Royal Roads is the best fit for me given the flexibility.” Eichhorst is now VP of information technology for Go Direct Supply Chain Solutions Inc., a Richmondbased logistics firm. Royal Roads’ 18- or 31-month programs begin and end with a three-week residency at its Victoria campus, with the rest of the coursework delivered online. The residencies forge strong relationships among students with an intense schedule of classes, group work and team-building activities. Distance learning for the rest of the program maximizes flexibility for working people. This blended delivery aims to give students the benefits of both face-to-face and distancelearning models.