Doctor of Social Sciences

Doctor of Social Sciences

Doctor of Social Sciences

Program at a Glance

Program Length

4 years


Online courses combined with intense small-group residencies, held on-campus. Learn more...


Program delivered fully online.

On Campus

Program delivered face-to-face on campus.


Tuition Note

Tuition costs are for the entire program.

$79,460 (Domestic)
$79,460 (International)

The Doctor of Social Sciences program is Canada’s first applied research doctorate designed exclusively for working professionals. It 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 builds candidates’ knowledge of a range of applied social research methodologies and their understanding of their relevance to specific practical social purposes.

The Doctor of Social Sciences program is based on the academic and professional expertise of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences (FSAS). Doctoral programs of study should normally be consistent with the research areas of emphasis in one or several of the FSAS schools: the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Environment and Sustainability, the School of Leadership Studies, the School of Education and Technology, and the School of Humanitarian Studies.