Doctorate (Ph.D.) Law and Legal Definition

Doctorate or Ph.D. is a degree or status of a doctor conferred by a university. It is one of the highest academic degrees conferred by a university. The requirements for obtaining Ph.D.s in the U.S. need a successful completion of pertinent classes, passing of a comprehensive examination, and defense of a dissertation. Those who earn Ph.D. is entitled to the title ‘Doctor.’ The mean number of years to completion of doctoral degrees for all fields in the U.S. is seven years.