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How Can I Get an Invisible University School of Hard Knocks Ph.D.?

For decades I said “Even though I don’t have an undergraduate degree, I do have a Ph.D. from the Invisible University School of Hard Knocks”. Now I have one literally hanging on my wall, and you can too!


The internationally accredited degree was designed to appear as legitimate as any other university degree from a distance. It is printed on university diploma quality card stock, and it has a foil embossed school seal. It makes a great gift, and an exceptional conversation piece for your home, office, or dorm room. 

What is the School of Hard Knocks?

The School of Hard Knocks, a term coined by Elbert Hubbard in 1902, refers to the painful education one gets from life experience. The School of Hard Knocks is often considered more valuable than a formal education. If the School of Hard Knocks were to be considered a formal school, it would certainly be a school in the Invisible University. Harvard refers to its post-doctoral fellows as its “Invisible University”, however it has yet to embrace the School of Hard Knocks.

What Prompted This?

A few years ago, I met a woman who called herself “Doctor” at a networking event. Keep in mind that I am originally from the DC metro area, where there are more Ph.D.s. per capita than anywhere else in the country, She look awfully young to have completed a doctorate-level education, and certainly was not a medical doctor. When she spoke, it was clear she was a blithering idiot. Now I’ve sat side-by-side with Ph.D.s who couldn’t pull an original idea out of their rear if their life depended on it, but I had never met one that was a blithering idiot, so I decided to do some due diligence.

Low and beheld, I found that the good “doctor” had received her Ph.D. from an unaccredited online metaphysical school that was charging about $900 for the program at the time. After I stopped laughing, I wondered is it legal for her to call herself “doctor”. Google revealed that in most states, anyone holding a doctorate degree, regardless of the issuing institution, can legally pursue clients and employment using the title “doctor”. According to About.com, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Washington are the only states with laws against using credentials from a degree issued by a school that is not accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in business or trade. There are no such laws in Arizona where I currently live.

Why Internationally Accredited?

Nationally accredited schools are recognized by 1 of the 52 national accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Nationally accredited schools are usually for-profit and provide vocational, career or technical programs. Regionally accredited schools are almost always academically oriented, non-profit institutions. Although nationally accredited schools are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, regionally accredited schools often reject credits earned at them because they believe that the academic standards at nationally schools are lower. Regionally accredited schools are recognized by one of the seven regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Invisible University School of Hard Knocks is internationally accredited by the National Academy of Higher Education, which accredits many institutions that provide Life Experience Degrees online including Suffield UniversityAlmeda UniversityBelford University, and Redding University. The National Academy of Higher Education is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Your doctorate diploma from the Invisible University School of Hard Knocks is just as legitimate as any other doctorate diploma issued by a non-regionally accredited online school, including metaphysical colleges!