Doctor of Social Sciences, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
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

  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 48 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • 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 I
  • Applied Quantitative Social Scientific Methods II
  • Dissertation

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • 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.

                Take IELTS test
              • Minimum required score: 600

                The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

              • Minimum required score: 100

                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

              Students must have the following:

              • 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:

              For applicants whose primary language is not English, competency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

              • TOEFL (paper-based) 600; TOEFL IBT (Internet-based) minimum score of 20 in each section for an overall minimum score of 100 or better.
              • International English Language Testing Services: 7.0 overall with no individual item score less than 6.5.
              • Pearson Test of English: Minimum score of 68.
              • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): International English Language requirement with Verbal 560, Quantitative 740, and Analytical 4.0.
              • Evidence of competence in English through other standardized tests or education experience will be considered on an individual basis.
              Flexible Admission

              No Flexible Admission process for this program. All applicants must have a recognized master's degree.

              Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

              • USD 84310 International
              • USD 84310 National


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