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    Nilda Gonzalez is offline Registered User
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    When is it appropriate to use (c) as in "EdD (c) or PhD (c)" meaning that a ...

    Hello,

    I have seen colleagues use Ed D (c) and PhD (c) after their names on official work-related emails and documents. These colleagues are only a dissertation or thesis away from their degrees, but is this correct etiquette in academe? I am in the same condition as my peers -- I have completed all coursework and I only need to complete the dissertation, which I am currently writing. However, I struggle with the notion of using the title with a (c). Can someone tell me what's correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilda Gonzalez View Post
    Hello,

    I have seen colleagues use Ed D (c) and PhD (c) after their names on official work-related emails and documents. These colleagues are only a dissertation or thesis away from their degrees, but is this correct etiquette in academe? I am in the same condition as my peers -- I have completed all coursework and I only need to complete the dissertation, which I am currently writing. However, I struggle with the notion of using the title with a (c). Can someone tell me what's correct?

    Thanks!

    Nilda
    I had used PhD Candidate. I would say the (c) is acceptable when the school deems you ABD.

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    There is no official "rule", but I think it is fine to use within academia. Outside academia, I would avoid using it. Outside academia I wouldn't even use PhD unless it is relevant to my work, or I can get a better hotel room or upgraded seat on an airplane.
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    When is it appropriate to use (c) as in "EdD (c) or PhD (c)
    When you are trying to bullshit people who don't understand such labels into misguidedly assuming you have a doctorate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrandeX View Post
    When you are trying to bullshit people who don't understand such labels into misguidedly assuming you have a doctorate.
    I'd think about wagging a finger at BrandeX but I happen to agree with him. Persoanlly, I think that you get to say "PhD" (or whatever) once they hand you the diploma. I base this on the fact that we know that there are a skgillion people who are ABD and they NEVER FINISH. So, do they get to say ABD on their resume forever? NO! Lots of people are PhD(c) and they never finish. In my opinion it's proper to say that you are currently enrolled in a doctoral degree program. If you're ABD then you can say that too. But don't put the post-nominals out there and then say "but not really." PhD(c) = PhD(but not really).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrandeX View Post
    When you are trying to bullshit people who don't understand such labels into misguidedly assuming you have a doctorate.
    +1, Insightful.

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    PhD Candidate is pretty standard on this part of the globe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrandeX View Post
    When you are trying to bullshit people who don't understand such labels into misguidedly assuming you have a doctorate.
    While I do agree that in a world outside academia I never listed it (and still don't), when submitting for adjunct positions I have listed it differently depending on the stage I was in. Below are progressive examples of how I listed it.
    PhD - Northcentral University - currently enrolled
    PhD - Northcentral University - expected graduation date 2010
    PhD Candidate - Northcentral University - expected graduation date 12/2010
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    I don't think this should ever be used! It really tells a lot of nothing because many people continue to use this when they have timed out - seven years or more since they started their program. In my opinion, you should only use credentials that you have earned! Who cares that you are in the dissertation block - many of us are and I am at my last block - but I will not put a credential that I have not earned. Technically you become a candidate at most universities once you have passed the doctoral qualifying examination - but that really is a lot of nothing. I know people who have passed the proposal defense and stopped. That means they have written the first three chapters of their dissertation and nothing. Just to be on the safe side, don't use the credential until you earn it.

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    See I don't because there are tons of ABD's out there - that is the problem with doctoral studies. Students can get through the class work - but never attempt the dissertation so they are ABD and feel they have accomplished something. The only thing that they accomplished is that they did not finish.

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    Now I like BrandeX's response! Right on the money! Use the credential when the degree is in HAND!

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    I've never seen "Ph.D. (c ) used. The c in parentheses is typically used for "copyright." Ph.D. (cand.) is not uncommon, as is "ABD" -- but both can be misunderstood. Use "candidate" if you must use something. Better still, "Ph.D. in progress; anticipated in fall 2042.
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    I once encountered a gentleman who had the post-nominal "Ph.D. (ABD)" printed on the nameplate he kept on his desk.

    But, with so many candidates coming into my office saying things like "And I earned my ABD two years ago..." I'm not sure how many of them are trying to bullshit me versus how many of them honestly believe that their "ABD" is a credential unto itself that they can use forever even if they're no longer candidates for the doctorate.

    At least the M.Phil. gives you a "thing" to talk about during a job interview without trying to mislead people into thinking you have a doctorate.

    But, back to the topic at hand, I assumed the (c) was for "candidate" though I've not seen it before. For employment purposes it is about as impressive as saying "Bachelor of Arts (All but graduation)," at least outside of academia.
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    I prefer (and personally used) PhD Candidate. PhD ABD or PhD (c) seem to me to be trying to trick people into believing you have a degree that is really only in-progress.

    Of course, I remember the CEO of a competitor agency calling himself PhD Candidate after taking only one course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graymatter View Post
    Of course, I remember the CEO of a competitor agency calling himself PhD Candidate after taking only one course.
    Yes, and so you could kind of interpolate a bit and say that a Freshman in high school is a PhD candidate, they're just shy a few credits, that's all.

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    While the original poster is long gone, I like how the dissertation seems minimized by "....only a dissertation or thesis away from their degrees..."

    I have seen PhD (c) and I have always thought it was an attempt to trick people. I never thought ABD was a good idea because it comes across as if you completed something; all you completed was another phase of a PhD program. I have been a fan of "PhD Candidate" because it does not create an illusion that you have a PhD.

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