Doctorate Degree Types


Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral degree earned for a wide range of programs in the engineering, sciences, and humanities, among others. PhD programs require submission of a project, thesis or dissertation which often includes a body of original academic research. In some cases, students need to defend this work before a panel of expert examiners appointed by the school.

Doctor of Medicine

This is the last medical degree for practitioners of medicine. Taking this highly competitive degree usually requires students a four-year undergraduate degree and a passing rating of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

Doctor of Education

This is a doctoral research degree focusing in the field of education. Majors within the Ed.D. typically consists: education policy, counseling, curriculum and instruction/curriculum and teaching, educational management, educational psychology, educational technology, higher education, human resource development, language/linguistics or leadership.

Juris Doctor

A graduate-entry law degree which is one of various Doctor of Law degrees. It is a degree considered the primary professional preparation for lawyers in most common law jurisdictions. Individuals holding the degree must pass a bar examination to be given authorization to practice law in the courts.