Ph. D. Blended

Social Sciences

Royal Roads University

48 months
22366 CAD/year
22366 CAD/year
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Communities and organizations face complex challenges that require applied interdisciplinary solutions. This hybrid Social Sciences program from Royal Roads University combines the strengths of a traditional PhD and professional doctorate.


The Doctor of Social Sciences responds to this need. It's a hybrid doctoral program that combines the rigour of research of a traditional PhD with applied, professional relevancy. You'll study across disciplines and focus on research with impact.

Through the program, you'll advance your applied research and leadership skills to tackle challenging issues and transform organizations.

This Social Sciences program from Royal Roads University is accessible if you're a mid-career professional. You'll study through a combination of online courses and two short residencies on campus with a group of other working professionals.

In addition to your coursework, you'll complete candidacy exams and a traditional or portfolio dissertation.

This program is ideal, if you're a policy analyst, senior administrator or executive from the public, private or non-profit sector.

Students and graduates include mid- to senior-level leaders from areas, such as natural resource management, health care, global security, professional communication, disaster relief, humanitarian aid, conflict management, values-based leadership, environmental sustainability, and learning and technology.

Program outcomes

Once you have completed this program, you'll have developed skills in the following areas:

  • applied research
  • interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary analysis
  • critical thinking
  • scholar-practitioner orientation
  • systems thinking

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Social Change and Interdisciplinarity in Global Context
  • Social Science Theory and the Globalized World
  • Research Paradigms in Applied Social Sciences 
  • Directed Study
  • Applied Qualitative Social Scientific Methods
  • Applied Quantitative Social Scientific Methods
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
4 (analytical)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally, a master’s degree in one of the social sciences, or related field;
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22366 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 89464 CAD for the full programme during 48 months.
  • National

    22366 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 89464 CAD for the full programme during 48 months.

Living costs for Victoria

1490 - 2092 CAD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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