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  1. Doctor of Arts, ArtsD(noun)

    an honorary arts degree

  2. Doctor of Arts, D.A.(noun)

    a doctor's degree with a special disciplinary focus

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  1. Doctor of Arts(Noun)

    A terminal degree similar to an Ed.D. or a Ph.D., but with a focus on content speciality; it may be conferred as a prestigious honorary doctorate with the added designation of "Honoris Causa". Commonly abbreviated DA.

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  1. Doctor of Arts

    The Doctor of Arts is a discipline-based terminal doctoral degree that was originally conceived and designed to be an alternative to the traditional research-based Doctor of Philosophy and the education-based Doctor of Education. Like other doctorates, the D.A. is an academic degree of the highest level. The D.A. is also frequently conferred as an honorary degree with the added designation of honoris causa. While the Ph.D. is the most common doctoral degree in the United States, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation recognize numerous research-oriented doctoral degrees such as the D.A. as "equivalent", and do not discriminate between them.


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