I am applying to some universities for a Ph.D. degree, and I have to list all the degrees I have earned or am expected to earn. One of such degrees is Mphil. However, it is not listed in the drop-down menu of options.

There are three options that I think could fit--'Other Doctoral(not Phd)', 'Other Doctorate', and 'Other Master'. Which one would be the correct option? 'Other Master'? Since Mphil stands for master of philosophy?

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    I would think other Master, since a DPhil is equivalent to a PhD. – Jon Custer Nov 30 '18 at 15:54
  • Contacting the relevant Admissions dept. would be sensible, both for this and your other question, if of course you have left yourself enough time ... See : academia.stackexchange.com/q/120863/72855 – Solar Mike Nov 30 '18 at 16:39

Masters in the USA are (traditionally) taught. The concept of a master in research/Mphil is an alien concept. There might be some programmes but I'm not aware of any.

For your application purposes just say Other Master and explain in your application letter that it was a research degree.

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    There are plenty of research (thesis) based masters programs. – Jon Custer Nov 30 '18 at 16:25
  • @JonCuster Most masters have a thesis but that doesn't make it a research degree. A Mphil/Mres is 90-100% research. A typical Master of Science would be mostly taught courses and a capstone project that leads to a thesis. – Koenig Lear Nov 30 '18 at 16:33
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    Who defined "typical" here? – Solar Mike Nov 30 '18 at 16:36
  • @JonCuster is correct. Also, this is field and program specific. Some fields and programs only give maters degrees for people who fail out of PhD programs. Others, require a masters degree to enter a PhD program. – Richard Erickson Nov 30 '18 at 16:38
  • @SolarMike this is was my experience while looking for degrees in the USA: Columbia, MIT, etc. Do you have a different experience? – Koenig Lear Nov 30 '18 at 16:46

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