Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are your honorary degrees legitimate?

Yes!  As a religious organization and institute fully registered in the state of California, we can legally award honorary masters, doctoral, and professorship titles within the domain of religion and spirituality. Our degree-granting authority is renewed every two years with the state of California.  And because our degrees are given upon receiving a donation, they are legitimate and valid honorary degrees, similar to those awarded by many universities.  


2. What are the requirements for getting an honorary doctorate?

We trust that those who request honorary doctorates from us are deserving individuals who have made important contributions to their communities and/or churches.  Aside from the small donation we require, we ask that applicants promise to do their best to exhibit a spirit of generosity in their everyday lives, to dedicate some of their time and skills to charity or volunteer work, to be honest and humble, and to live their lives according to basic Christian principles.  


Having said that, we also appreciate it when applicants take the time to send us information about their background in the field that they select, which can be in the form of a resume, copies of published work, academic degrees, reference letters, or similar.  We will keep these in our records and refer to them if we receive any requests for the verification honorary of degrees.  But again, this step is optional.


3.  What does the honorary doctoral degree look like?

Our honorary degrees are printed on special heavy stock parchment paper, in the international A4 size.  They feature an adhesive golden seal, our logo, and the signature of the Officer of LADC Institute.  They are impressive documents which can be framed to hang up on a wall, or displayed on a desk.    


4.  Is the honorary degree a digital file?

No.  It is a physical certificate mailed to you in a cushioned or cardboard envelope.


5.  Is the certificate dated?

Yes, our honorary degrees bear the date of award (the date on which you requested your honorary degree).  If you prefer that your degree is not dated, please mention this in the "Notes" section of the order process.  Please note that whether or not the certificate is dated has no bearing on its validity.  


6.  Can I call myself "Dr." after receiving an honorary doctorate?  

In some countries, like the United States, honorary doctorate recipients are allowed to use the title of "Dr." before their names, whereas in other countries recipients must add the initials "h.c." to their doctoral title.  In any case, we ALWAYS recommend that honorary doctorate awardees use the words "Honoris Causa" or the abbreviation "h.c." to indicate that their title is honorary, not academic.  Please refer to this section of our website for more information on how you can write your name to include an honorary title.  


7.  Can you provide verification to prospective employers?

Yes.  We are more than happy to provide verification when we receive inquiries. 


8.  Can I get transcripts?  

No.  Because our degrees are not academic and do not require any coursework, they are not accompanied by any type of transcripts.  We take pride in the fact that our honorary degrees are legitimately bestowed, and unlike other websites that "sell" degrees, we do not offer any counterfeit documents.


9.  Can I request an honorary title for someone else?

Yes.  Our honorary degrees make unique and wonderful gifts, especially for people who are involved in volunteer or social work, as well as the elderly.  During the order process, we ask that you write in the name of the recipient of the degree, exactly as you would like it to appear on the certificate.  Here you can write in the name of the person that you would like to award the honorary degree to.


10.  Can I get an honorary doctorate in a discipline that is not included in your list?

We encourage recipients to select disciplines from our list that reflect their background and experiences.  However, from time to time we receive requests for disciplines that are not included on our list.  As a religious organization, we can only award degrees in fields that fall within the realm of our mission.  If you have made contributions to a field that is not in our list, but that is related to religion and/or spirituality, please contact us and we will let you know whether we are able to award such a degree.


11.  How can I make the donation?

The best way to make your donation is directly on our website, using using major credit or debit card, or through PayPal.  As we receive your payment immediately, we can dispatch your honorary doctorate without any delay.


12.  Can I pay by Western Union?

No, unfortunately we do not accept payments by Western Union, Money Gram, or other similar money transfer services.


13.  How long will it take to receive my honorary degree?

This depends on where you live.  In an effort to keep our donation fees low, we use standard shipping services.  For destinations within the United States and Europe, shipping times are between 5-14 business days.  Elsewhere, it may take between 2-4 weeks to receive your documents.  However, we will be glad to send you a digital copy of your honorary degree upon request, which you can use until your physical documents arrive. 


"I want to thank you for providing me with this beautiful honorary doctoral degree.  This is an ideal way to acknowledge one's life experience and professional status.  I now have clout and am ready to apply for senior management positions within my company.  I highly recommend this to anyone who lacks a college degree but has many years of work experience and accumulated knowledge that more than make up for it, like myself.  Thank you very much"

--Aaron Carlebach. Honorary Professor of Community Development (Sacramento, California)

"Thank you for your incredible service.  I never had a chance to study for an academic degree when I was younger, and I always felt that this held me back in life.  This has finally leveled the playing field for me, and now I can hold my head up a little higher as I introduce myself as an honorary doctor.  Thanks again." 

-- Andrew M. Abel,

Dr. h.c. of Religious Economics (Brisbane, Australia)

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