A doctorate degree is the highest level of education. This type of degree is obtained to pursue certain careers, teach at the university level or earn higher pay. A doctorate is not limited to a medical degree but can be in any field of study.
The average time to complete a doctorate degree is four years. This is generally after bachelor's and master's degrees are earned. The number of college credits required for a doctorate degree varies depending on the subject area. A dissertation is usually required before the degree is conferred. Some doctoral degrees also require hands-on work in the form of an internship. Many students pursuing their doctoral degree get work teaching or serving as a teacher's aid at their university.
The doctorate term is from the Latin word docere, which means "to teach."