ABD: All But Dissertation

You may already have an ABD degree without realizing it!  You are ABD when you have completed All But the Dissertation.

What is all but the dissertation?  All but the dissertation means you have taken all the courses you need to take to earn a Ph.D.  It means you have taken your Ph.D. qualifying exam.  It means you have defended your dissertation proposal. At this point, you might feel you almost deserve a degree already, so someone invented the term All But Dissertation degree.  Unfortunately, ABD is not a real degree offered by any university, and getting this far will do you no good if you don’t finish your dissertation.

When you are ABD, all that is left for you to do is your original research and then write your dissertation with the assistance of your advisors and dissertation committee members.

However, many doctoral students become stuck at this ABD point.  This is when the quest for a degree can become very lonely and unstructured at the very moment it becomes most difficult.  For many students, this stage is challenging emotionally, personally, socially, and practically as well as intellectually, and unfortunately only about 56% of doctoral students earn their PhD status within 10 years.  An ABD doctoral student has to figure out how to organize personal life, keep motivated, manage time, fight fatigue and discouragement, and overcome the remaining academic obstacles.

One reason many ABD students do not finish their dissertation is that they lack the support and guidance needed to navigate the dissertation process.  Our seasoned team of mentors are able to move you from ABD to Ph.D. by helping you finish your dissertation, assisting with everything from topic development to defense.

Take control of your future and use the resources available to you to complete your dissertation. If you are ABD or feel like you are on that track, schedule your complimentary consultation. During the call we will develop a plan to complete your dissertation and avoid that dreaded All But Dissertation status.