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What is a PhDc?


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A person who has completed all degree requirements towards a Doctor of Philosophy, but still lacks completion of the dissertation process. Also known as ABD (all but dissertation). In most institutions, this is not a recognized degree, but it is not uncommon for people to use either the PhDc or ABD (the latter is more common) to indicate their status. In most cases, this means successful completion of all coursework, passing grades on all comprehensive exams, passing grades on all foreign language exams, and approval of the dissertation prospectus.