Writing a Ph.D. title on your business card can be a great thing to include. However, there are a few ways to write it, and it would help to know which ones work best. This article will explore some of the best options.
The preferred choices are “name, Ph.D. in discipline name,” “name, Ph.D.,” and “Dr. name.” You can use these options to be subtle and clear on your business cards. It shows that you’ve earned a Ph.D. without going into too much detail and scaring people away.
Name, Ph.D. In Discipline Name
“Name, Ph.D. in discipline name” gives you a good way of showing what you specialize in. Being specific about the discipline that you studied is a great way of showing people what you know about and what you can bring to the table.
If your Ph.D. doesn’t directly relate to the job you have, it might be worth being more specific about the discipline you’re qualified in. This can let people know that you have a Ph.D., but it doesn’t directly translate to your current job.
There’s nothing wrong with this. After all, plenty of people go to university and get a degree but never use it once they get out into the working world.
As long as you have a Ph.D., you can include it on your business card.
Some people might be a little bit off by it, but that’s not always a bad thing. The only issue is if people think you’re bragging by including that you have a Ph.D. You should be careful if this is the case.
Check out these examples to learn how you can use this one:
- Sarah Terrence, Ph.D. in Social Science
- Tom Alexander, Ph.D. in Research
- Harriet Edwards, Ph.D. in Mathematics
If you don’t feel the need to be specific about the discipline you have a Ph.D. in, you can leave it out. Instead, you can just include your name before the Ph.D. title to show that you have achieved a doctorate at university.
This can be a much better choice than the previous one. Being specific about your discipline choice isn’t always a good move, especially if it doesn’t relate to the job you’re advertising with your business card.
However, if your Ph.D. does directly relate to the job you currently have, including “Ph.D.” as a title works well. It shows someone that you’ve spent a lot of time studying things related to the job that you currently possess.
This will allow most people to have more faith in you and your ability. Again, though, it can be a bit alienating to someone that doesn’t have a Ph.D.
These examples will show you more about how this works:
- Steven Tonbridge, Ph.D.
- Jon Magcargo, Ph.D.
- Arlow Burrows, Ph.D.
You can also use the “Dr.” title instead of “Ph.D.” Many people prefer to include “Dr.” before their name to show that they have earned their doctorate (which is a Ph.D.) in a particular field.
If you’re going to use “Dr.,” you should only use “Dr.” There is never an appropriate time where “Dr.” and “Ph.D.” should be used together. If they are seen together, it is informal and unprofessional because it is a redundant phrase that doesn’t work:
- Incorrect: Dr. Smith, Ph.D.
Some people think that “Dr.” is less aggressive than “Ph.D.” as well. This can help you to stop people from feeling more alienated by the fact that you’ve achieved your Ph.D. when they haven’t.
As before, it’s still better to include “Dr.” when it’s relevant to your job role. If it doesn’t do anything specific to add value to what you do, it might not be worth including it at all.
Check these examples out to see what you might be able to do with it:
- Dr. Tom Sawyer
- Dr. Matthew Perry
- Dr. Suzanne Barker
You might also find that the first name is dropped. However, this will remove the more personal flair that most business cards benefit from:
- Dr. Winters
- Dr. Smith
- Dr. Arlington
Name, Ph.D., Job Title
You may also find that adding your job title after your name and Ph.D. title works well. This just shows people the kind of work that you do, and what you are able to do with your additional Ph.D. title.
Using a job title is a good way to show what people can expect from you after reading your business card.
Here are a couple of examples that can work well:
- Thomas Jeffery, Ph.D., Supervisor
- Patricia Merry, Ph.D., Customer Service
- Dexter Morgan, Ph.D., Blood Spatter Analyst
Dr. Name, Job Title
“Dr. name, job title” is a good option that shows you have a Ph.D. without using the formal title after the name. You can use “Dr.” here again, but include your job title after your name to show what you are offering.
Including your job title or role on a business card is a common practice for some people. It helps them to establish what they are offering through their business card, which allows the people who have the business card to know more about them.
These examples will show you how it can look on a business card:
- Dr. Sue Perkins, Number Cruncher
- Dr. Steve Taylor, Financial Advisor
- Dr. Marcus Christie, Freelance Auditor
Again, you can remove the first name when “Dr.” is used. We don’t recommend this in most cases because it might lose the personal touch:
- Dr. Honest, Stock Broker
- Dr. Pope, Estate Agent
- Dr. Tomkins, Translator
Name, Ph.D., University
You might also find that mentioning the university where you got your Ph.D. is a good choice on a business card. Some people like to do this when they want to show that they went to an esteemed university and earned the highest degree.
If you’re going to use this one, you need to be careful. Many people see this as a form of bragging. It will only work well if you’re giving your business cards to people of equal qualifications or interests.
Most people without a Ph.D. will disregard your business card if it’s written like this. Mentioning your university is another way of showing people that you might feel a bit more superior to them.
Even if you didn’t include the Ph.D. title and university name maliciously, it could still be perceived in this way. You’ll want to pay attention to these kinds of things before it comes to passing your business cards around.
These examples will give you an idea of how you can include a university:
- Garry Geary, Ph.D., University of Virginia
- Peter Taylor, Ph.D., Oxford University
- Tara Howard, Ph.D., Cambridge University
Dr. Name, University
Another good way of writing your Ph.D. title with your university is to include the “Dr.” title before your name. Remember, there is no need to include both Dr. and Ph.D. in the same name, as this is seen as a redundancy in most formal cases.
Again, you’ve got to be careful using something like this. It can easily alienate anybody who doesn’t have these qualifications.
The only reason you’d definitely want to include something like this on your business card is if it directly ties in with your job role. If you use your Ph.D. in some way for your job, it could be worth including it to show that you have spent a lot of time researching what you do.
Here are some examples of how you can use this:
- Dr. Paul Walker, King’s College
- Dr. Samantha Weiss, Brown University
- Dr. Sarah Fredrikson, Harvard University
Yet again, since “Dr.” is used, you can remove the first name. This can work in some cases, but you have to know whether the personal tone of including your first name is more appropriate for your particular business card:
- Dr. Westbridge, Oxford University
- Dr. Grace, Colchester University
- Dr. Smith, Cornell University
You don’t need to include your formal title when you are writing your university. You can simply write your name if you do not believe that including your formal title helps your business card in any way.
Remember, a formal title can put a lot of people off. If someone doesn’t have a Ph.D. of their own, they might be intimidated or put off by somebody who does.
It can look like bragging, even if you don’t intend for it to be bragging. It might be wiser to avoid using it unless you know that it’s important to include it based on the business you’re trying to promote with your business card.
Simply including your name with no formal title works like this:
- Scott Abs, Oxford University
- Pete Walters, University of California
- Abbie Drawn, Brown University
Name, Job Title
It might be wise to remove your university name and formal title. In place of anything else, you’ll be better off just using your job title with your name. No titles or university names need to be included. This is a fairly informal option that works well.
While it doesn’t outright say that you have a Ph.D. of any kind, it can still work well for Ph.D. owners. After all, you don’t always have to talk about your Ph.D., even if you have managed to earn one.
If your Ph.D. adds nothing of value or note to your job role, then there’s no reason to include it on your business card. Again, it’s a good way to alienate people who don’t have a Ph.D. of their own.
These examples should clear up how this one should look:
- Jon Walker, I.T. Technician
- Peter Burrows, Financial Advisor
- Tom Christie, Broker
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.