More often than not, the term Alma Mater is applied to one's place of undergraduate studies.

Would it be reasonable of me to apply this term to a university where I received my doctoral degree?

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    Usually the "Alma Mater" charge a fees for their alumni to be part of them. It is therefore statistically more relevant to try to aim for the bachelor degree's holders ... there are more of them!
    – EarlGrey
    Sep 12 at 6:24

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There is literally nothing in the term specifying an undergraduate program. From Wikipedia: Alma mater (Latin: alma mater, lit. 'nourishing mother'; pl: almae matres) is an allegorical Latin phrase used to proclaim a school that a person has attended or, more usually, from which one has graduated.

Sure, you can use it for your doctoral institution. I doubt anyone will notice.

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