doc·tor·ate | \ ˈdäk-t(ə-)rət \

Definition of doctorate 

: the degree, title, or rank of a doctor

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Many of them have master’s degrees or doctorates and therefore have higher debt than typical. Rebecca Greenfield,, "A retirement perk for millennials who are buried under student debt," 29 June 2018 Cantera followed the same path, earning a doctorate in medieval history and taking up a teaching position at a university in Madrid. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 Masoncup holds a bachelor’s degree in business adminstration from the University of Iowa and a juris doctorate from the Valparaiso University School of Law, according to the release. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "New Evanston lead attorney is also part of Open Meetings Act violation probe by attorney general," 27 June 2018 Fall, the nominee for director of the Office of Science, earned a doctorate in neuroscience but has spent the past 8 years in Washington, D.C., working in science policy, starting at the Office of Naval Research. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Senators question nominees for DOE's science and clean-energy research wings," 27 June 2018 The Romanian earned a doctorate in Physical Education and Sport largely when injured. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Novak Djokovic loses cool but not match at French Open," 1 June 2018 Norrell has a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University in Virginia, a master’s degree from Saint Xavier University in Chicago and a doctorate in education, according to East Aurora. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "New superintendent picked for East Aurora School District," 30 May 2018 Daisy Grewal holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate in social psychology from Yale University. Daisy Grewal, Scientific American, "Who Speaks Up in the Face of Uncivil Behavior?," 8 May 2018 McNair, a clinical psychologist by training, has a degree from Princeton and doctorate from State University of New York at Stony Brook. William Thornton,, "Tuskegee University down to two finalists for president," 29 Apr. 2018

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1570, in the meaning defined above

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: the highest degree that is given by a university

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