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I have already submitted my Ph.D. thesis to my committee and plan to defend my thesis. I want to prepare an updated CV.

In my situation, what should I write in the CV:

Ph.D. candidate

or just

Ph.D

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  • If I remember correctly, Ph.D. Candidate is used after passing the oral comprehensive exam and while waiting for the college or university to complete paperwork on finalizing your Ph.D. work.
    – drsnark
    Commented May 30, 2018 at 17:56
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    @drsnark I think that is not accurate. Ph.D. candidate is the status after concluding all course work (if there is any) and passing a qualification exam, where you deliver and defend your project of thesis.
    – The Doctor
    Commented May 30, 2018 at 19:51
  • @The Doctor I think you are right. I was not remembering the correct order.
    – drsnark
    Commented May 30, 2018 at 21:54
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    What is the updated CV for?
    – StrongBad
    Commented May 31, 2018 at 1:15

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Typically, one writes Ph.D., 2018 (expected).

If you have a short description (e.g., bullet points) after this heading, you can also put the expected graduation/defense month or something to the effect of "thesis submitted 25 May 2018" in this area.

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If you haven't defended yet, I would list (expected).

If you have defended and committee passed and thesis turned in and ruler lady passed and all done, done but are just waiting for the 6 month wheels to churn and send you a sheepskin, I would keep it simple and just list the Ph.D. as done. If you stop using months on your CV and move to years, this helps you.

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