Meet Our Program Office

Thank you for your interest in the Royal Roads University (RRU) and the Doctor of Social Sciences (DSocSci). Challenges that communities, organizations and societies face today are complex and demand interdisciplinary solutions. 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 program 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.

I look forward to welcoming you to the program and supporting you throughout your doctoral journey.

Mary Bernard, PhD
Professor, Doctor of Social Sciences Program,
College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Chair, Research Ethics Board
Royal Roads University

Mary Bernard

Mary Bernard

Program Head

Darija Cirovic

Darija Cirovic

Program Coordinator