Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral Degrees

The most common type of doctoral degree is the academic Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). This is a terminal degree in most academic fields and is primarily oriented toward training for research, writing and teaching at an advanced level.
However, it is becoming more and more common for some fields to offer their own types of doctoral programs that combine advanced practical skills with the usual doctoral focus on research and pedagogy. Such programs include the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.).
Ph.D. degrees are commonly found at both public and private research universities. According to the NCES, health professions and the clinical sciences confer the most doctoral degrees, followed by education, engineering, biological and biomedical sciences, psychology and physical sciences.

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