According to this: Degrees by assessment one can earn a Ph.D. by assessment. No legitimate university in the world does this. (No, the few that will consider awarding a doctorate based upon published work don't count; candidates are required to do a substantial amount of work "tying" them all together.) St. Regis will "assess" your qualifications and send you a response. Their website even states the candidate may begin using the degree title immediately. No, there are no legitimate academic processes that would permit this. St. Regis degrees can be bought.