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

3 Years - Fully Online - Rolling Admission


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 Doctor of Social Science 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 Digital Campus

Is the central hub for your studies. It is also your passport to success in your program at Monarch. As a graduate research institute technology is key to the smooth development of research. Monarch has used digital technology as a driver for research success within its various programs since its inception. From the MDC you can access the Monarch Cloud storage, the Nobilis Learning Management System and the suite of Microsoft Office 365 apps. The MDC also includes access to the Monarch Digital Library databases, access to the Dissertation Wikis, and the research database. All resources are available on mobile devices through the Google or iPhone store.

Module Design

Candidates commence with research skill courses followed by Research specific modules.

  • 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)


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.S.S. 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.

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.


Evaluation is concluded through the submission of papers and final manuscript. There are no examinations within the program.

Dual Degree (MSS / DSS)

At the successful completion of the program the candidate will be issued both the Master and Doctor of Social Science.

Flexible Design

Students have full flexibility as to when they wish to start each module and may extend the program. The program may be completed up to 60 months.


Participants demonstrate their mastery of critical thinking by developing theory and merging new ideas with practice. The manuscript is typically 200 to 250 pages in length.

Symposiums & Workshops

Participants may attend a workshops in Switzerland to advance their research through direct feedback of Professors.

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