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When completing the initial research on post-Masters education options, it is important to know what options you have. Upon completion of a Master’s program, graduates are considered to have an advanced level of knowledge of theoretical subjects, think independently, and solve complex problems.

Naturally, graduates begin to explore new ways to use their skills, and an excellent way to do this is by pursuing a doctorate. A doctorate is the highest academic level in most fields.

Designed for research or university teaching, the degree is usually a PHD, while applied professional doctorates include the Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Education (EdD), and Juris Doctor (JD), among others.

A doctorate is a graduate-level credential that is usually awarded after several years of graduate study, and the length of the degree varies depending on the type of doctoral program.

Earning a doctorate generally requires at least four years of effort and can involve eight years of work, depending on the complexity and onerous nature of the graduation requirements of a doctoral program.

This degree requires an enormous commitment of time, energy and (sometimes) money. But in return for this commitment, you will achieve a specialized level of authority in your field and opportunity in your profession. A doctorate can lead to greater opportunities for career advancement and increased earning potential. It is also the basic threshold for certain advanced professional roles, including the licensed practice of psychology, professorship, or professional research.

Many of the universities that offer full-time graduate programs also offer opportunities to earn a doctorate. The most common type of doctorate is the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), which can be earned in a wide variety of subjects, and is the highest academic degree awarded by universities in most countries of the world.

There are also a number of doctoral degrees that are titled “Doctor of” the specific subject area studied.  In general, doctoral degrees are oriented towards understanding the academic concepts that provide the theoretical basis for the fields of study, while “Doctor of” degrees are generally oriented towards the professional application of academic theories.

Traditionally, doctoral degrees are offered on campus, as degree candidates are expected to participate in research, teaching, and networking at their universities. However, more and more universities are offering online doctoral options for professionals who require flexibility in their schedules to complete their coursework.

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