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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His doctorate isn't a testament to his investment acumen. Dallas News, "Sitting in jail, 'Doc' Gallagher, accused of stealing $30 million, writes a letter deflecting blame," 26 July 2019 In science, questions matter a lot, said Cummings, who was then working on her doctorate in computational genomics at Harvard. Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "In science, questions matter a lot. Men are more likely than women to ask them," 26 July 2019 Torres Najera is also director of partnerships and development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education and recently received her doctorate in urban studies from UWM. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spiker and Doherty prevail in seven-way special primary for District 13 race for alderman," 16 July 2019 The homebrewer and Houston native earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Miami, and named his 30-barrel brewhouse after his great-great grandfather, a Texas cattle rancher. Phillip Valys,, "Summer suds: Five South Florida breweries opening this summer and fall," 9 July 2019 She's made just two changes -- taking her husband's surname and adding three more letters to the end: Ph.D. In May, Vandyck, 46, earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Scottie Andrew And Brian Ries, CNN, "She knows you think her name is different. But Dr. Marijuana Pepsi's work speaks for itself.," 21 June 2019 Chatfield has a background in education, having received her doctorate in education in 2009 from the University of San Diego and having taught as an assistant professor of politics at the United States Air Force Academy. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Navy appoints first female president of the US Naval War College," 17 June 2019 By the time Tobin got her research fully up and running again, Shade had completed her doctorate in microbiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and found a faculty position at Michigan State University. Carrie Arnold, WIRED, "A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life," 21 Apr. 2019 On May 11, Elliott received her doctorate in music. Ashley C. Ford, Marie Claire, "Missy Elliott: The Legend Returns," 15 July 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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