doc·​tor·​ate | \ ˈdäk-t(ə-)rət How to pronounce doctorate (audio) \

Definition of doctorate

: the degree, title, or rank of a doctor

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Shelton, who has been an informal adviser to Trump, has a doctorate in business administration from the University of Utah with an emphasis on finance and international economics. Ryan Haar,, "Trump Fed pick Judy Shelton says central bank should support markets," 5 July 2019 Shelton has a doctorate in business administration from the University of Utah with an emphasis on finance and international economics., "Trump’s latest Fed choices are a longtime monetary dove and a onetime gold bug," 3 July 2019 Thomas has a doctorate in English literature and criticism, and taught English at other schools before moving into upper administration, according to his CV. Dawn Rhodes,, "Despite plummeting enrollment and layoffs, Western Illinois gives outgoing president generous exit: ‘He did much better than the university did’," 1 July 2019 In 2014, Boneparth teamed up with a childhood friend who has a doctorate in neurobiology. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "I don’t care how high the price of bitcoin gets. It’s still too risky for the average investor.," 28 June 2019 At the time, his biography on Bentley’s website described Genest as having a doctorate in chemistry and biochemistry from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "East Bay teacher, later charged with child molestation, falsely claimed to have a PhD. He was employed at a high school anyway," 28 June 2019 When a mobile lab sponsored by the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies parked its 16-ton van of equipment at Lone Mountain for a week in 1966, Mother Mary Janet Kubitschek — who had a doctorate in chemistry — was elated, and perhaps tempted. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Atop Lone Mountain, the history of SF’s first women’s college lives on," 19 June 2019 Censky, who has a doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, studied reptiles and amphibians. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cedarburg native Ellen Censky aims to keep Milwaukee Public Museum on the cutting edge," 12 June 2019 Otelia was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from Yale University. Globe Staff,, "Adelaide M. Cromwell, BU scholar of Boston’s black upper class, dies at 99," 23 June 2019

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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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