Professional degree

A professional degree, formerly known in the US as a first professional degree, is a degree that prepares someone to work in a particular profession, practice, or industry sector often meeting the academic requirements for licensure or accreditation.[1][2][3][4] Professional degrees may be either graduate or undergraduate entry, depending on the profession concerned and the country, and may be classified as bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees. For a variety of reasons, professional degrees may bear the name of a different level of qualification from their classification in qualifications, e.g., some UK professional degrees are named bachelor's but are at master's level, while some Australian and Canadian professional degrees have the name "doctor" but are classified as master's or bachelor's degrees.[5][6][7]

  1. ^ "Professional Degree Programmes". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 3 October 2016. These degrees follow a set curriculum to meet the requirements of the relevant professional organisation so that you’re fully prepared to enter your chosen profession after you graduate.
  2. ^ "Glossary". Study in Australia. Government of Australia. Retrieved 3 October 2016. A Professional Degree is an academic degree that prepares the holder for a particular profession.
  3. ^ John W. Collins; Nancy Patricia O'Brien (31 July 2011). The Greenwood Dictionary of Education: Second Edition. ABC-CLIO. p. 132. ISBN 9780313379307. Degree, professional. A degree signifying the completion of an academic curriculum pertaining to a professional field; for example: JD, MD.
  4. ^ "OnTransfer - Glossary". ONTransfer. Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer. 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016. A Professional Degree meets the accreditation standards of a particular professional association or college
    Professional degrees may require some undergraduate study prior to admission to the program and generally include an internship or other work experience
  5. ^ "Canadian Degree Qualifications Framework" (PDF). Ministerial Statement on Quality Assurance of Degree Education in Canada. Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. Retrieved 3 October 2016. Though considered to be bachelor's programs in academic standing, some professional programs yield degrees with other nomenclature. Examples: D.D.S. (Dental Surgery), M.D. (Medicine), LL.B., or J.D. (Juris Doctor)
  6. ^ "AQF qualification titles" (PDF). Australian Qualifications Framework Council. June 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 December 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  7. ^ "The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies". QAA. November 2014. Archived from the original on 2016-10-13. Retrieved 2016-10-04.

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