The doctoral degree is the most advanced academic degree awarded by the university. It requires demonstration of expertise in a major field of study, a working understanding of one or more related disciplines, and expression of independent research or abilities leading to a significant contribution to knowledge. Georgia Southern University offers the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Public Health (D.P.H.), Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P).