• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
The Doctor of Social Sciences programme offered by the Royal Roads University is the first degree of its kind in North America. It approaches the study of complex, real-world problems within an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary framework. The program design brings the research intensity of a traditional doctorate to an applied, professional focus.

About

In the Social Sciences programme offered by the Royal Roads University, you will explore interdisciplinary applications of the social sciences for practical, sustainable transformation across organizations and society.

The Doctor of Social Sciences (DSocSci) program responds to the growing demand nationally and internationally for scholar-practitioners who can provide intellectual leadership in the workplace, and help build sustainable organizations, communities and societies in an age of global interdependence.

An alternative to traditional doctoral programs, the Doctor of Social Sciences focuses on the interdisciplinary applications of the social sciences to complex, real-world problems of direct concern to organizations, communities and society in general.

The program of study is designed to build your knowledge and understanding of a range of applied social research methodologies and their relevance to specific practical social purposes. The DSocSci program is based on the academic and professional expertise of the faculty at Royal Roads University. Doctoral programs of study should align with one of the university’s strategic research themes and be linked to the subject expertise of the university’s academic programming.

Who It's For

You are a career professional with a master’s degree in one of the social sciences or related disciplines with a minimum of 10 years work experience in a position of decision-making authority. You are also seeking to advance your applied research skills, and provide analytical leadership to solve complex real-world problems.

The program design is tailored to career professionals and speaks to recent Canadian research that shows two out of three PhD graduates will work in non-university settings, rather than as university professors.

This degree will be of particular interest to policy analysts, senior administrators or executives from the public, private or non-profit sectors who work in areas such as natural resource management, health care, global security, professional communication, disaster relief, humanitarian aid, conflict management, values-based leadership, environmental sustainability or learning and technology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Academic Integrity
  • Social Change and Interdisciplinarity in Global Context
  • Social Science Theory and the Globalized World
  • Directed Study
  • Research Paradigms in Applied Social Sciences
  • Applied Qualitative Social Scientific Methods
  • Applied Quantitative Social Scientific Methods
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    68

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): International English Language requirement with Verbal 560, Quantitative 740, and Analytical 4.0.

    This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Analytical Writing score:

    4

    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Master’s degree in one of the Social Sciences, or related field, normally required.
  • Evidence of experience related to the degree program. Normally a minimum of 10 years with senior level decision-making authority. 
  • A competitive, interdisciplinary, applied research proposal that reflects current research foci in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences at Royal Roads University.
  • English language skills and competency.

Work Experience

At least 10 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21492 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 85990 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    21492 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 85990 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Victoria

  • 1490 - 2100 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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