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Gaining qualifications through exams

This section focuses on examinations at the end of the doctoral degree, but it includes a page on the comprehensive exams, which conclude an earlier phase in the progress toward the degree. The comprehensive exam or its equivalent qualifies the candidate as "ABD"—all but dissertation. The thesis exams and oral defence qualify the candidate to become a doctor in the sense of gaining a doctorate. The ultimate milestone is the final submission of the dissertation.

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