What will I learn?

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.

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.

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.


The DSocSci is a professional degree program that focuses on the interdisciplinary applications of the social sciences to our contemporary world. Through such applied research, the program addresses complex real-world problems at the organizational, community, and societal level. The program responds to the national and global demand for workplace leaders with doctoral-level research skills who have the capacity for social and organizational innovation in support of sustainable organizations, communities, and societies.

Competency Framework

The competency framework is comprised of five competency domains and is a guide for pedagogical design and learning assessment. It articulates the goals of the DSocSci program specifically in terms of the desired outcomes for learning. Program competencies will be demonstrated in course work, program participation, and especially dissertation design, decision, and management. A competency framework serves a series of purposes:

  • It is a means of orientation for teaching and learning in the program.
  • It becomes the basis of a learning contract between students and their faculty.
  • It permits consistency in program delivery while at the same time permitting flexibility and variation in particular course designs.
  • It provides a basis on which students can self-manage their work in the program

Which department am I in?

College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$21,927.50 (12,96,718) per year
CAN $87,710 for the entire course.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected July 2022


Royal Roads University

2005 Sooke Road,


British Columbia (BC),

V9B 5Y2, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Standard Admission

  • 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.

Flexible Admission

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

English Language Requirements:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic 7.0 overall with a minimum 6.5 in writing, speaking, listening and reading

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 100 overall with a minimum 26 in writing and 23 in listening, reading and speaking

Pearson Test of English – Academic (PTE-A): 68 overall with a minimum 60 in writing, speaking, listening and reading

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Royal Roads University

Royal Roads is more than a university, it is a transformative learning and life-changing experience.

  • Set in a National Heritage Site on the Pacific coast
  • Innovative study model of personal & professional learning
  • Vibrant international student body from over 60 countries
  • Average class size of 35 allowing better access to instructors