PhD

A PhD is a university degree that a student gets after several years of advanced study in a subject. Once you have a PhD, you can be called "Dr. So-and-so."

The abbreviation PhD stands for "Doctor of Philosophy," and it's also called a Doctorate. Students who attend graduate school and continue their studies beyond a Master's Degree eventually receive a PhD. Most college professors have a PhD. The name of the degree comes from the Latin phrase philosophiae doctor, and the "philosophy" part of the name comes from the Greek word philosophia, "love of wisdom."

DEFINITIONS OF: PhD

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n a doctorate usually based on at least 3 years graduate study and a dissertation; the highest degree awarded graduate study

Synonyms:
Ph.D.
Type of:
Doctor of Philosophy
a doctorate awarded for original contributions to knowledge

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