Application Requirements

Doctor of Social Sciences

All applications to this program require submission of the following information and supporting documents before your file can be assessed for admission:

Application Form

In order to apply online, you will be required to create a log-in account using your email address. You will be required to list all credit courses and/or programs you have completed or are currently enrolled in. An application fee will be required. If your application fee(s) are being paid for by a sponsoring organization, please contact Student Accounts. Once submitted, you may check the status of your application at any time.

Official Transcripts

Applicants are responsible for arranging for the submission of official transcripts from ALL post-secondary (higher education) institutions currently or previously attended, for all credit courses and/or programs. Transcripts are not required for non-credit programs or courses, though some programs may require proof of professional certifications or designations.

Transcripts are considered official only if submitted directly by the Registrar or other recognized authority of the providing institution in the institution's original, sealed envelope. If the envelope has been opened, the transcripts are no longer official and new (official) transcripts will be required to complete your application.

All international transcripts or credentials are subject to an international transcript and/or credential evaluation.

Three Written Letters of Reference

  • The three letters of reference should consist of two letters from individuals qualified to speak specifically to the applicant's academic qualifications and ability to conduct research at the doctoral level and one letter from a professional in the applicant's career field qualified to assess the applicant's professional expertise.

Preliminary Applied Research Proposal

The applicant’s three to five-page preliminary applied research proposal for the dissertation should include:

  • Statement of the applied research topic including: what is the problem or issue, why it is important, what does the existing literature indicate, and the topic's relevance to the workplace, community, or society
  • The rationale of the need for doctoral level study of the proposed problem or topic;
  • A description of the social science fields of inquiry that contextualize the dissertation topic; and
  • Statement of career goals and how the program links to those goals as well as the impact the program may have.

Structured Resume

The applicant’s structured resume, which includes:

  • Education (all post-secondary education, degrees, diplomas, and certificates)
  • Professional Experience (demonstration of progressively senior-level appointments with increasing levels of decision-making authority)
  • Voluntary/Unpaid Work Experience (including organization title, length of service, and a brief description of duties)

Writing Sample

Thesis chapter, academic or professional report/publication.

Additional Admission Information

Doctoral level courses from other institutions may be transferable. All transfer credit must be approved by the Dean and Registrar consistent with Royal Roads University policy. Such credit must demonstrate a high level of competency. No more than six credit hours (two courses) may be granted in total, and the courses must be assessed as direct equivalents of the courses contained in the DSocSci program of study. Royal Roads University is a member of the Western Canadian Deans of Graduate Studies and participates in the Western Canadian Deans of Graduate Studies Agreement.

If Applicable:

  • Applicants declaring permanent resident or Convention Refugee status in Canada, must submit a copy of their Permanent Resident Card (PR card) along with their application.
  • Transcript evaluation fee or credential evaluation report, if submitting international transcripts.
  • An official English Language Proficiency score report or other evidence of proficiency if English is not your primary language.
  • Other information or documents as may be requested to determine your eligibility.

For information on how and where to send your supporting documents, please refer to the document submission guidelines.