What is a professional degree? A graduate degree focused on preparing for a specific vocation; common professional degrees are in law (the JD, or juris doctor) and medicine (the MD, or doctor of medicine). Professional degrees are often terminal degrees but do not generally require the academic work of other doctoral degrees. Get notifications!Sign-up to receive an email when new articles are released from BetterCollegeStudent.com. SUBSCRIBE! You have Successfully Subscribed! We won't sell or give away your info, ever. This is for new article notifications and major announcements only, promise.