Questions about institutional recognition of academic progress, such as Masters or Doctoral degrees.

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Is there a standard mapping between “English” and “Latin” honors?

I know of (at least) two sets of phrases used to indicate a degree awarded with honors: English: With distinction / High distinction / Highest distinction Latin: Cum laude / Magna cum laude / Summa ...
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Is it possible to complete the last year of a German Diplom in another university if ineligible in original university?

I have a friend who was studying civil engineering in Dresden, Germany. He somehow got a very... VERY bad case of electronic addiction (he would just play online games and only procrastinate) and he ...
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I can't find a masters thesis advisor. Can I publish independently in a math journal and get my MSc degree that way?

Is it possible publishing original work in math research without having an adviser? I had some thought of matrix multiplication which I posted in this forum which wasn't welcomed that well, I plan to ...
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I graduated with 1st class honours - do I add it to the letters after my name?

I'm in the UK and graduated with 1st class honours. Should I write my name as: FirstName Surname Bsc(Hons) (1st class) FirstName Surname Bsc(Hons) or something else when writing a CV and on ...
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Are there universities/institutions which offers free (or almost) recognized degrees through online coursework?

I heard that using online resources, some of the top universities like MIT (Micromasters) and Harvard are offering free online courses and specializations. I wonder if there are institutions that ...
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Is it commonly accepted to refer to a Master Degree in Statistics as M.Stat.?

I have recently obtained a Master Degree in Statistics. Can I routinely use the term M.Stat., which has the strength of being much more specific and informative, or is it more appropriate to use the ...
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Is there anything I can do about shockingly poor quality course materials? [closed]

I'm currently 2/3 of the way through a degree program, and am continually shocked and dismayed for what my school is passing off as higher learning. The books, which are almost all made in house, ...
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How Computer Engineering related to “major field”, “specialized interest” and “kind of program”?

I'm in the process of filling the Fulbright program's application for visiting graduate students. The program gives merit-based grants for international educational exchange, in this case - grant to ...
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Could somebody tell me what's this degree in maths called in EU or USA? [closed]

In my country, Argentina, the standard Mathematics course is about 6 years long, and it gives you a degree with title called "Licenciado en Ciencias Matematicas". Could someone tell me how's this ...
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How should I ask what degree abbreviations an academic wants to come after their name?

I am writing a conference presentation application form, and so far presenters must fill in the blanks as follows: Name Title (Mr, Ms, Dr, Prof, etc.) Position Organisation I also want to know ...
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Should you state multiple degree titles in your CV next to your name?

If I hold a MSc and a BSc should and I want to show that next to my name in my CV, should I use: Sosi, MSc, BSc or simply the highest one: Sosi, MSc
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Use part of an article written by me as text for another work [duplicate]

I have written a scientific article two years ago about propulsion of space shuttles. This article was published. Part of this it is well suited for another work of mine that i am writing to receive ...
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Were any Russian diploma mills once prestigious universities?

Like many countries, the Russian Federation seems to have a lot of diploma mills that grant academic degrees to anyone who will pay the enrolment fees (and possibly fulfill some nominal academic ...
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In choosing between MD-PhD and PhD, how should I factor in the expected age at which I'll start my career as a professor?

My ideal career is to be lead a lab at a university as a professor. If I completed a residency and fellowship after an MD-PhD, which I think I'd love because of the 80/20 split that fits my ...
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Use academic degrees in thesis acknowledgments

In theses, students typically write acknowledgments thanking their supervisor, co-supervisor, other advisors, etc. Maybe everyone can just do it at will, but is there any best practice, if academic ...
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Explaining an unusual undergraduate degree title

I've got an undergraduate MA, which has, interestingly enough, caused me a significant amount of trouble: Examples include being excluded from student accommodation and being denied funding (they were ...
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What does “to be enjoyed with all rights and privileges pertaining thereto” mean on a French diploma? [duplicate]

I have noticed that many French diplomas contain the mention "Pour en jouir avec les droits et prérogatives qui y sont attachés", which can be translated into "[The diploma is conferred upon Mr. X and ...
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Why “ETH” in degrees awarded by ETH Zurich?

Why are graduates of ETH Zürich awarded with titles that include the "ETH"? This list of degrees conferred by ETH also states conclusively that "[t]he Bachelor and Master titles may also be used in ...
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Is it good to join industry in middle of phd? [closed]

I am a third year phd student. I got an offer for an industrial job which is very tempting. The salary is competitive and much higher than my phd salary. I already worked there as an intern, so I know ...
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Am I screwed with a Computer Science degree? [closed]

I'm in my second year of University in Computer Science for a Bsc and I'm getting very scared for the following reason : all jobs I'm interested in seem to ask for a Software Engineers! I'm starting ...
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How do I express a degree on my CV that I have completed but have not been awarded?

I have completed all the requirements for an M.S. degree and have filed the appropriate paperwork. All I have left to do is walk at the end of this semester. I want to put this on my CV, but it seems ...
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What is the difference between a Bachelor of Arts Honours and a regular Bachelor of Arts?

I'm applying to Oxford at the moment for graduate study. Under the section asking what undergraduate degree I'll be receiving, it gives me the choice of "Bachelor of Arts (non-UK)" and "Bachelor of ...
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Does a UK degree have the same classification in the US?

Does a degree obtained in the UK have the same classification in the USA? So if I had a 2:1 in England would it be a 2:1 in the USA or something different?
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Why didn't more people graduate with a college degree when it was “affordable”?

Adjusting for inflation, (without too much controversy, I expect), it is evident that college was more affordable in the past. See for example, this chart of Tuition and Fees and Room and Board over ...
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College / University level IT (instructor/professor) education requirements

I live in Canada, and I have a dilemma regarding continuing my education. Currently I have a two year college diploma in "Information Systems", I am planing to extend that into a degree with in next ...
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Engineering degree structure in the United States

I often see in the US that many engineering programs are listed as a BSc or an MSc for Master's. In my country (New Zealand) one can obtain a BSc in three years in a science field, or, if wanting to ...
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What is the difference between bachelor of science in engineering and bachelor of engineering in the US?

There are many different kinds of bachelor degrees. In my country, there seems to be no difference between bachelor of science in engineering and bachelor of engineering. There is only one kind of ...
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Differences among Doctoral Degrees/titles

I have two colleagues who hold doctoral degrees. They are moving to the US within the next couple months. Both of their doctoral diplomas, one from Europe and the other from South America, literally ...
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What is a good etiquette to correct a person using wrong title for me?

I currently have a masters degree in an engineering field and I don't currently have any PhD degrees (I may study for a doctorate degree in future). It happens that when I go to conferences or ...
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PhD Germany with British conversion MSc IT [closed]

I would like to relocate to Germany and obtain a PhD from a German University. I have a BSc(Hons) in Psychology, which is obtained from Edinburgh Napier University, and MSc in Information Technology ...
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When applying for a higher education job, do I need to list my bachelors?

If I did a bachelors a long time ago in an unrelated field and I am applying for a job that requires a PhD And a Master's should I put the bachelor's degree? Is it necessary?
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Is it true that M.Eng. is considered an undergraduate degree in the UK? If so, why?

It is surprising to see from these sources (Wikipedia and University of Edinburgh) that Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) is actually an undergraduate degree in the UK. They recall it as an '...
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What is meant when a job says PhD or equivalent required?

I saw a job posting that says PhD or equivalent required. What is meant by equivalent? What can be an equivalent for PhD? Expertise gained through work experience and publications?
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Differences between German computer science doctorates

The faculties of some German universities offer a choice of doctoral degrees. For example, Technische Universität Darmstadt's Department of Computer Science allows candidates to apply for either a ...
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Salary chart interpretation: “M.A” vs “60 Units includes MA” vs “M.A. plus 35 Grad Units”

For the record, I'm a college dropout myself... ;-) During the late 90's, my wife completed both a B.A and M.A. in Psychology in the Cal State system. She also completed during the Master program ...
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Can a university retract a degree for actions taken after the degree is awarded?

I was looking at this question on The Workplace, where in the asker was considering doing homework for students for a fee. My initial thought was that it's possible he went to the same university*, ...
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How to obtain a degree equivalency certificate in UK?

I have a degree in Social Education (done in Portugal). I am wondering whether anybody can help me in finding organizations that can provide an equivalency certificate (report) for this degree. I have ...
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What is the difference between a taught and research MSc and a research MPhil degree?

I'm in my senior year of Bsc Civil Engineering, in which I've started applying towards my grad studies in the U.K. In searching for the courses I've seen an MSc of Engineering Science by Research (2 ...
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Why is Scottish BSc (Hons) 4 years while English BSc (Hons) is 3 years?

Why BSc (Hons) in Scotland (in Computer Science but in other subjects probably too) is 4 years long and in England BSc (Hons) is 3 years long? Does it cover more material? Does it mean that MSc in ...
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Should a degree in an unrelated field be included in CV?

So, in addition to my PhD and bachelors degrees I have another advanced degree that is ultimately irrelevant (and entirely unrelated) to my research efforts and current academic discipline. Should I ...
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Is it ethical (or legal, if applicable) to say you have a degree in X if your degree was in “X and Y” (single major)?

There are departments in many schools that offer "hybrid" majors, such as: Computer Science and Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Materials ...
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What consequences are there if, having already graduated and received my degree, I do not pay up my tuition fees?

Background: I just graduated from a US university. I have also received my diploma (both in paper form mailed to me and also in electronic form) certifying that I have received such-and-such a degree. ...
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Is it reasonable to request an exemption from certain degree requirements?

I am a physics student at a small North American university. As part of the requirements for my degree, the current policy dictates that all students must take 6 humanities courses before graduation. ...
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Why would master student spend more than the normal duration to complete master degree?

I am looking at a particular research group for graduate studies. The research group is in STEM. From talking to the professors, they have repeatedly told me that a master degree merely takes two ...
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Is it possible for average students to get admitted in good colleges for MS? [duplicate]

So, if I get a 320 plus GRE score and have a CGPA of 7.0 with no research paper but a lot of social and extracurricular activities, is it possible for me to get admitted to a good college in USA? I ...
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What is the advantage of doing an integrated Masters course over a Bachelors and then Masters? (UK.)

I am on an integrated Masters in Physics course, otherwise knows as MPhys. This means that after my third year I will not be awarded with a BSc, but will graduate after 4 years with an MPhys. At my ...
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What are the equivalencies between the higher education in France (Licence - Master - Doctorat) and the higher education in the United States?

In France the higher education is like this: 3 years of "Licence" 2 years of "Master" 3 years of "Doctorat" But what about in the United States? I heard that they have things called "...
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Is it possible to do research in theoretical physics without going to college? [duplicate]

If one doesn't visit university/college and doesn't even take any courses in theoretical physics and learns PhD-level physics from other resources without stepping foot in college or university; Would ...
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Why are lawyers not called “doctor”?

I don't quite understand the education process for lawyers, but I do understand there are a number of different degrees, and one of them is 'JD', the juris doctor. My Latin is quite rusty, but I ...
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What is the difference between a PhD degree and a DSc degree?

Some universities that offer a DSc as the doctoral degree, while most of them also offer a PHD degree in science. What are the differences these degrees in terms of academic standing? What are the ...