Doctoral Degree – The Basics

The Doctoral Degree, otherwise known as a Doctorate, is generally referred to as the highest level of education that  you can achieve in a given area of study.  A Doctoral Degree can be earned in addition to, and follwing completion of a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree program, and generally takes the student 2 years or more to complete.  Credit hours needed to achieve a Doctorate can vary depending on the type and in what area the student is studying.

Generally speaking, more education results in a higher salary.  Earning a Doctoral Degree in a field such as Medicine or Engineering can be very lucrative.  Below is a list of the more popular Doctorate Degree Programs…

  • Doctor of Architecture (D.Arch.)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
  • Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.)
  • Doctor of Computer Science (D.C.S.)
  • Doctor of Criminal Justice (D.C.J.)
  • Doctor of Criminology (D.Crim.)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
  • Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.)
  • Doctor of Engineering Science (D.E.Sc., Sc.D E.)
  • Doctor of Health and Safety (D.H.S.)
  • Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.)
  • Doctor of Medical Science (D.M.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A., A.Mus.D.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Science (D.N.S./D.N.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D)
  • Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.)
  • Doctor of Science in Dentistry (D.Sc.D.)
  • Doctor of the Science of Law (L.Sc.D.)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

*source: wikipedia.com