A doctorate (Ph.D.) is an academic or professional degree that represents the highest educational level in a particular field. Sometimes referred to as a terminal degree, the doctorate is in a unique class of advanced degree that qualifies the holder to teach at any educational level. Doctorate degree programs typically involve the completion of pertinent courses, a comprehensive examination and extensive research culminating in a doctoral dissertation, the later of which is then defended before a panel of educators or program facilitators. Online doctorate degrees are now available at many traditional universities; they typically mix an online learning curriculum with in person seminars or practicum sessions. In the United States, numerous fields of study have professional doctorate degrees; these include but are not limited to medicine, psychology, advanced practice nursing, public health, pharmacy, law, and education. In addition there are a number of professions that require doctorate degree as a condition for licensure.
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