Delivery Model

The Doctor of Social Sciences (DSocSci) program includes two 3-week on-campus residencies; the remainder of the program is completed online.

You are not required to take an extended leave from your workplace, but you will need time off to attend the residencies. All students must complete each of the courses in the program of study prior to undertaking candidacy exams.

Exams first require a written submission. An oral examination based on the written submission is conducted by the supervisory committee and chaired by the program head. Candidacy exams are assessed as a pass or fail. After successful completion of your oral and written candidacy exams, you move to formal candidacy status and submit your research proposal to the supervisory committee for approval. Once your proposal is approved by the committee, you are required to obtain ethics clearance from the university. Once ethics clearance is obtained, you may then begin work on your dissertation.

Students may pursue a traditional monograph dissertation or a dissertation by portfolio. Both dissertation options adhere to the same standards, and must demonstrate mastery of learning outcomes as follows:

  • Make a distinct interdisciplinary contribution to applied scholarship in the social sciences
  • Demonstrate a high standard of original work, including understanding and knowledge of the topic area
  • Reflect an intentional, holistic and conceptually-linked approach to knowledge generation and dissemination
  • Demonstrate originality via one or more of the following methods: the development of a new, critical analysis of a practical issue or challenge; the development of a new theory from practice; the novel application of existing theory to a practical challenge; or the discovery of a new professional approach to practice