Degree
Doctorate
A Doctorate Degree (or Ph.D) is the highest of the awards possible under the US system of tertiary education. The 'Ph' part of the title stands for 'Philosophy' although that particular subject need not form any part of the actual studies being pursued, which can be anything from English to Religion to Math and Engineering. Some professions apply their own specific designations to this level of degree, such as Pharm.D (Pharmacy) and MD (Medicine).

The Doctorate course normally takes at least 4 years beyond a Bachelor's making it, at a combined minimum of 8 years of study, a major commitment to a discipline. Those with a relevant Master's can usually reduce the 4 additional years to 3 but that depends on the course and what they have already studied.

Most of the course involves working alone on research or teaching, and there is very little participation in group study or attendance in lectures. A final thesis is required on an original topic.

Few professions require Doctorates although, where they are required (senior positions in Law, Medicine, Engineering, Education etc), they command a significantly elevated salary.
Schools That Offer This Program:
Strayer University
Southern Technical College
Western International University
Lincoln College of Technology
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Southern New Hampshire University
Schools of Medical Massage
CSI
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