Doctor of Social Science

The Doctor of Social Science, D.Soc.Sci. or D.S.S.,  is the highest degree within Monarch Business School. It is designed to meet the needs of professionals who look to further investigate their field of interest from an interdisciplinary standpoint employing trans-disciplinary frameworks and models. The study of business sits firmly within the social sciences as it considers the actions and beliefs of individuals within social systems. However,  business researchers often take too narrow a view of their field of study and ignore important anthropological realities of business. The Doctor of Social Science looks to widen the gaze of researchers to include imperatives and considerations from fields of study beyond the traditional silos of a business faculty to include: anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, economics, politics and ethics. Research themes considering principles of social justice, equity and sustainability run through the program.

Candidates pursuing this degree are typically those that look beyond traditional business boundaries and understand the importance of connecting meta-issues in an effort to bring new understanding, insight and applied solutions to real world problems. Participants of the program include: Policy Analysts, NGO-IGO Directors, C-Suite Executives, Think Tank Members, Academics, Journalists, Historians and Global Business Strategy Analysts. Characteristics of the program include:

  • Professional Research Orientation
  • Dissertation Based
  • Immediate Entry To The Research Phase of the PhD

Henderson-150-175The Doctor of Social Science is developed to engage lateral thinkers to investigate and consider global issues and problems facing business, society and the global commons from a long-term sustainable view. The Monarch D.Soc.Sci. program is unique as it focuses on solutions that look beyond the traditional domains of business studies. The interdisciplinary design of the program enables the researcher to truly consider aspects of issues and problems from an integrated view bringing to bear unique perspectives and understanding.

Dr. Henderson – Dean of the School


Monarch Business School is the first distance-learning business school to achieve triple accreditation by the International Standards Association (9001, 14001, 18001). Monarch Business School is a member of EFMD-The Premiere European Accreditaiton Agency, ACBSP-the Association For Collegiate Business Schools & Programs, CEEMAN-The Central and Eastern European Management Association and ACUNS-The Academic Council of the United Nations System. See our accreditation page.

Program Structure

The program is structured to have the candidate immediately involved in researching their domain of interest. Candidates in this program have completed course work at a Bachelor and Master level in Management or the Social Sciences and thus are prepared to enter directly in to the research phase of the D.Soc.Sci. Within the program, Candidates complete a Critical thinking module, Research Skills modules as well as design a research proposal to be authorized by the Administration that provides the necessary understanding of the contemplate research to come.


The program is broken down into specific modules. The candidates moves through the modules successfully completing the program.

  • Critical Thinking (Link)
  • Mixed Research Methods (Link)
  • Research Skills Module (Link)
  • Research Proposal Module (Link)
  • Dissertation Part A (Link)
  • Dissertation Part B (Link)
  • Defense Preparation (Link)

Program Progression

The program progression focuses on the Candidate immediately entering the research phase of the program. This has the Candidate focused on their specific domain of interest  from the outset of the program. At Monarch, the D.Soc.Sci. Candidate begins their research without any distraction in repetitive coursework from the lower levels.

The program has a rolling admission and be started at any time.

  • Standard Duration = 3 Years
  • Candidates may extend the program up to 6 years, extension fees apply at the same rate.
The program is completed online using the Monarch Learning Management System. During the program the Candidate must attend at least one workshop on site at the school in order to design the research. The dissertation must be defended at the school at the end of the program.

Program Open To

  • Graduates from accredited Bachelor & Master programs with +10 Years Management Experience;
  • Candidates with a Professional designation and +10 years managerial experience may be admitted to the program on the discretion of the Dean.

Tuition is levied on a quarterly basis in advance. All candidates may terminate a program upon 3 months written notice to the administration.

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