What does the letters ABD stand for as it relates ...

What does the letters ABD stand for as it relates to a degree in higher education?

Liked this question? Tell your friends about it

4 Answers

Order by
Oldest to Newest
Newest to Oldest
Votes

It means "

All But Dissertation". It means that a graduate student working toward a doctorate to earn a Master's degree who has fulfilled all requirements for the doctorate except the writing and defense of the dissertation itself, may be awarded a Master of Philosophy degree, beyond the Master of Arts or Master of Science already earned. In other universities, such students used the informal designation of Ph.D. (ABD), for "All But Dissertation," not an actual degree but an informal convention.
<a href="" rel="nofollow" cl="http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=756332078" class="comlink">This is me</a>

Truthfully they do not really indicate any degree at all. Progress toward completing a doctoral degree is typically divided into four stages. 1. Admission and qualifying exams if any 2. Coursework (not altogether unlike previous course work) 3. Preliminary examination to determine that candidate is ready to embark on independent research and 4 independent  research ...i.e. the dissertation.

 

If you complete stage 3 of the above, you have done ALL BUT DISSERTATION. Hence the abbreviation A.B.D. It has no official standing anywhere.

Some doctoral programs that decide to let a candidate out after stage 3 may grant a master's degree as a kind of consolation prize. Others do not.

 

Hence the alternate explanation of the abbreviation:

 

ALL BUT DEAD.

 

Much luck to you in your completion of all 4 stages. 

Compare A.B.T., "All But Thesis."

In the context of a doctoral (PhD) candidacy, "ABD" refers to the candidate who has completed all of her/his courses toward a doctoral degree, but is yet to write and committee-defend their dissertation (the BIG paper, opus magnus).  ron

Related Questions

Other people asked questions on similar topics, check out the answers they received:

Asked: Education University

My daughter is going to complete her higher secondary education. I want her to pursue her higher education in a well-recognized international university. Can someone guide me how and where to join my ...

Asked: How can I help educate a child?

How can I help educate a child?

Asked: How soon must cash received by a board of ...

how soon must cash received by a board of education in new jersey be deposited?

Ask a Question... We'll forward it to people who know

More Questions

Writing letters?

I do, in fact I just mailed a short letter to my mom thanking her for being my mom and let her know she is appreciated. I also have written many letters to apologize for my behavior, but one thing you should not do is apologize if you don't mean it or if you are going to continue the behavior.

2 sizes letters on my outgoing messages

Hi Adriene: For assistance, please refer to the instructions listed in one of the help articles below (depending if you’re using AOL WebMail or the AOL Desktop software): If you’re using AOL WebMail, please refer to this article: How do I set the default font for email in AOL Mail? If you’re ...

If I want to write a dispute letter to a large ...

The disadvantage is: If the person you send it to does not answer unsolicited mail, your letter may get trashed or shifted down the totem pole and lost. By sending it to a specific department, like "Customer Service" or "Consumer Resources", you may get a faster and more direct response.

Puhles What do the letters stand for?

PUHLES physical upper extremities lower extremities hearing eyes (vision) sych (psych)