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    ABD or Candidate on Resume

    Do you think it is better to put Doctor of Education or Doctor of Management or whatever and list yourself as a Candidate or ABD?

    I.E.

    Doctor of Education , Candidate, Special Education , Somewhere University

    OR

    Doctor of Education , ABD, Special Education , Somewhere University

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    You need The Return of the CV Doctor over at The Chronicle http://chronicle.com/jobs/news/tools/cvdoctor/

    If you're in the market for an academic job, The Academic Job Search Handbook comes highly recommended as well http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...893082-5346442

    Oh, and always use the usual abbreviation. ABD or candidate is a matter of taste, although ABD does have a formal meaning, so if you haven't finished all your courses and comps don't use it.

    Hope this helps

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    Re: ABD or Candidate on Resume

    Originally posted by duff
    Do you think it is better to put Doctor of Education or Doctor of Management or whatever and list yourself as a Candidate or ABD?

    I.E.

    Doctor of Education , Candidate, Special Education , Somewhere University

    OR

    Doctor of Education , ABD, Special Education , Somewhere University

    Duff
    The technically correct forms would be:

    EdD (Cand.), Special Education , Somewhere University

    OR

    ABD, Special Education , Somewhere University

    But, yes, it is okay to note your doctoral candidacy on a resume.
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    I do not believe that these two terms (ABD and Candidate) are synonymous. ABD signifies that all coursework has been completed and that all other requirements have been met - All But the Dissertation. Candidate simply means the person is enrolled in the program and could still be in the midst of their coursework requirements. This is my understanding of these terms and hopefully someone will correct me if I'm mistaken.
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    ABD is much more specific than Candidate. If you are ABD you are in a much more advantaged position than someone who has just started taking their first PhD course. ABD is great to use for academic jobs, but in other areas they might not know what it stands for.

    If you're submitting a C.V. I think the distinction is not that important because you are going to have detailed information about your degree in there, a description of your proposed dissertation, etc. These are very complicated and you definitely need a guide and a lot of careful thought to create them.

    For the sole purpose of creating a minimalist, one-page resume (submitting to certain job sites, perhaps?), I would suggest Candidate (ABD)... kind of awkward but it gets the point across.
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    Originally posted by Jack Tracey
    I do not believe that these two terms (ABD and Candidate) are synonymous. ABD signifies that all coursework has been completed and that all other requirements have been met - All But the Dissertation. Candidate simply means the person is enrolled in the program and could still be in the midst of their coursework requirements. This is my understanding of these terms and hopefully someone will correct me if I'm mistaken.
    Jack
    Actually, Jack, a candidate has finished all but dissertation. Before that it is "PhD (Student), Special Education , Somewhere University". Normally "PhD (Student), Special Education , Somewhere University" wouldn't be looking for a job, unless it was his/her last semester of coursework, in which he/she might add on the line underneath: "24 credits completed, 6 credits ongoing, comprehensive exams to be taken September 1, 2005". The only exceptions I can think of where "PhD (Student)" (as opposed to "PhD Candidate") might be applying for a position is in situations where a community college is located in a major university town as, for example, when I was a little MA student in Mediaeval History at the University of Colorado Boulder (crashed and burned with a brain tumor), many of the pre-dissertation doctoral students got adjunct positions at the Community College of Denver.
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    Ted:

    That was my thinking as well. In your example, you said either EdD (Cand.) or ABD, Special Education . With the ABD example, would you not put EdD ? Would you just list ABD, and then your major without specifying EdD or PhD or DM, etc?

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    Originally posted by duff
    Ted:

    That was my thinking as well. In your example, you said either EdD (Cand.) or ABD, Special Education . With the ABD example, would you not put EdD ? Would you just list ABD, and then your major without specifying EdD or PhD or DM, etc?

    Duff
    I think ABD stands as its own separate initials without specifying whether it is a PhD, DA, DBA, EdD , DHL, DM, DMA, DMin, PsyD, DTech, or whatever else kind of D you might be working on. I could be wrong, though.
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    In the DMin programs I've looked at including my own, a student becomes a DMin candidate only after all the courses are completed and the project/dissertation proposal has been accepted. It is essentially the same as the ABD designation.

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    Originally posted by Ted Heiks


    Actually, Jack, a candidate has finished all but dissertation.
    OK Ted, thanks for the info. Does this come from a particular source?
    Jack

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    Originally posted by Jack Tracey


    OK Ted, thanks for the info. Does this come from a particular source?
    Jack
    The first time I saw this distinction between a doctoral student and a doctoral candidate was in my old 1985-1986 University of Colorado Boulder catalog. Since I can't seem to find that, allow me to quote to you from my old 1985-1986 University of Colorado Denver catalog, page 133: "Students are advanced to candidacy for the DPA once they have completed all required coursework and examinations and have been certified for candidacy by the program director." I'm guessing that a visit to the website of any doctoral-granting university will confirm my statement.
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    My student handbook and catalog state that a student has to pass all required and elective classes and a comprehensive examination prior to advancement to candidacy.

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    OK, then it seems that they are synonymous.
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    I was totally unaware of the student vs. candidate difference... unfortunately I don't have my old graduate catalog handy.
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    One point about ABD vs candidate. In some circles, the term "Ph.D. candidate" is used to describe someone still slaving away on their dissertation whereas ABD is used to describe the guy who's quit and has no plans to ever finish.

    In fact, I don't remember ever hearing ABD used in anything but a derogatory sense.

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