“best phd degree for purchase”

finally doneThis search term and others like it, e.g., p.hd buy, lead unsuspecting netizens to my blog which, of course, doesn’t provide information about how to buy academic degrees but rather rants and raves against diploma mills and rogue providers, most of which are based in the US, sorry to say.

Speaking of the US, those who have earned a Ph.D. are members of a pretty select group in that country.  According to the US Census Bureau, 1.77% of all US Americans age 25 and over have one.  That group is even more select in countries that do not have a mass education system.

Here’s what Peterson’s had to say about Ph.D. programs with the understated title Ph.D. Programs Are Rigorous Educational Experiences:

Ph.D. programs—for that matter, any doctoral program—will take years to complete. Depending on what you’re studying and how much time you can put into your studies and dissertation, doctoral programs can consume anywhere from 3 to 6 to 9 years or more. Earning a Ph.D. degree can be so time-consuming that many candidates cannot work full-time, and they often live on stipends and fellowships to help make ends meet while they haunt the research labs and libraries. These graduate programs are perhaps the most rigorous educational experience people can have, but when they are complete, the recipients are considered to be individuals who add intellectual and scholarly value to their fields.

Another point worth mentioning is that an estimated 50% of US doctoral students do not complete their degree.  Many of them complete their coursework but are unable to reach the summit, i.e., write and defend their dissertation, meaning they are forever ABD (“all but dissertation”).

What does it take to complete a Ph.D.?  Intelligence (brilliance is not a prerequisite but certainly doesn’t hurt), passion, creativity, a strong work ethic and, most importantly, perseverance.  It’s a long, hard slog and if you don’t have the fire in the belly and a good support system, you will never reach the light at the end of the tunnel, the promised land of degree conferral and life after your Ph.D. program.  You will end up in advanced degree limbo known as ABD.  Real Ph.D.s and the experience on which they’re based offer many tangible and intrinsic benefits that last a lifetime.  The slog is well worth it.

life after phdPrestige, of course, is why so many people want to buy one.  Why invest all of that blood, sweat and tears when you can fill out an online form, including your credit card information and, voilà, you’re “Dr.” Somebody.

Side Note:  While the Ph.D. is a research degree and most graduates pursue a career as a professor, whose primary tasks are research, teaching and services – in that order at many institutions – there are other career paths that take full advantage of everything on which the degree is based.

For those who buy a Ph.D. what happens though when people ask Where did you get your Ph.D.?  Just ask well-known people with fake degrees who have ended up in media stories about academic fraud.  A bit of advice for those who choose to buy their Ph.D.:  For God’s sake, don’t include it in your bio or LinkedIn profile!

The easy answer to the question about where to buy the “best phd degree” is that the best Ph.D. degrees are earned, not purchased like computers or smartphones.  Some things just aren’t for sale.


“how to buy a phd”

This is one of those amusing items that pops up with annoying frequency in my list of search engine terms, one way I can see how some people stumble upon my blog. (Some other recent terms include vietnamese students in usus boarding school market and vietnam, david shear (US ambassador to Vietnam), diploma mills, and Vietnamese general vo nguyen giap.)

Why earn a Ph.D. when you can buy one the old-fashioned way, right?  Enter College Degree Fast, whose slogan is achieve more. go higher. get your degree today. (Other companies that offer this “service” include those with snappy names like Speedy Degrees and Degree Fast.)


  • You have more real life experience, yet your Colleague gets promoted?
  • Your Training & self study warrant you a Degree, but you neither have the time nor the finances to return to school.
  • You may be at an age or period in your life in which returning to school is not feasible, yet obtaining a College Degree is essential.
  • A College Degree would give you a sense of Achievement or self satisfaction?


One sign that this Toronto, Ontario-based company is raking it in is the fact that its website ranks 1.1 million in the world and 295,996 in the U.S. (There are currently 135 million active websites.)

 “A great conversation peice”

Need a testimonial to help seal the deal? Check out this glowing endorsement, sloppy grammar, misspelled words and all, from Julie, who obviously needs to take Writing 101. This is the best thing that ever happened to the internet. I received my college degree within 5 days. This is amazing quality. I display me degree proudly. it is the centerpiece of my home and a great conversation peice as well. Keep up the empowering work, i certainly will refer many associates your way. (Julie V. Madison, WI, USA)

Just Call Me Dr. _____!

So, what do you get for your $439 with free shipping?

  • 4 Transcripts, 2 Official Sealed Transcripts, 2 Unsealed Transcripts. stamped & Signed by Registrar.
  • 1 Award of Academic excellence signed with gold foil University Seal.
  • PVC Plastic Official University ID Card •
  • Professional University Verification Service
  • Your Doctorate Degree, Professionally Printed on parchment, with embossed thermograph seal.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from your University Dean’s office, on University letterhead & signed.
  • FREE Leatherette Padded Degree Holder, Gold Embossed with inside silk.
  • University Document Folder, Heavy Matte with school seal/logo

The Real Deal

Those of us who have a real Ph.D. from a real (regionally accredited) institution of higher education and who paid much more than $439 for the experience are part of a very select group. As a colleague put it, “Because earning a Ph.D. requires extended study and intense intellectual effort, less than one percent of the population attains the degree.”  To that I would add that about 50% don’t make it across the finish line – eternally ABD (all but dissertation). 

3 Qualities of Successful Ph.D. Students

As another colleague observed, you don’t need to be brilliant to earn a Ph.D. (“Certainly, being smart helps. But, it won’t get the job done.”) He continues:  Having watched Ph.D. students succeed and fail at four universities, I infer that success in graduate school hinges on three qualities: perseverance, tenacity and cogency

Bonus Article (!):  Questions To Ask When Thinking About Pursuing a Ph.D.

College Degree Fast, an example of the “free market” run amok, should consider setting up shop in Vietnam, a place where credential fraud is rampant.  But beware: a growing number of people who believe that a credential should be based on quality education and training and that the activities of diploma mills are a form of corruption in any country’s educational system will be watching.

Thanks for reading. I feel better already.  🙂

MAA, Ph.D.