A doctorate degree is considered the highest level of education in most countries of the world. It can take from 2-8 years (not counting previous degree levels), and is also referred to as a Ph.D. or doctoral degree. There are levels of post-doctorate study that go beyond this level. The term doctorate comes from the Latin word, docere, meaning to teach, which is shortened from licentia dociendi, meaning license to teach. So, in practice as well as theory, people with doctorate degrees are able to continue as teachers of that specialty. This becomes clear when we note that most doctoral degrees are in the education field.
Fast fact: According to the 2007 Digest of Education Statistics, more than 27,000 women received doctorate degrees over the 2005-2006 academic year.
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The online doctorate degree programs listed below are offered by well-known and respected institutions. Accrediting agencies accepted by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education recognize these accredited doctorate degrees. Contact the college or university of your choice by using the e-form on the program description page for more information.
Click on any link below to view information on the online doctorate degree program that is of interest to you. Each of these program descriptions include the title of the online doctoral degree program, the name of the online college or university offering the degree, and a short overview. A link to an e-form is provided for you to contact the online school to request more information. You will be contacted by the school with information that will give you the tools you need to earn a doctorate degree online.
Which came first, the doctorate or the doctor?
Although a person who holds a doctorate degree is referred to as doctor, it doesn't necessarily mean that they can be called a physician. But, all doctors must hold either a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree (although these are professional degrees, not research-based, post-master, doctorate-level degrees).
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