I have a BSc degree from a private university in Egypt. The university offered me a scholarship at the beginning of the program but that scholarship applied only partially to a subsequent MSc degree.
There's an overlap in the degree requirements for the BSc and the MSc, which means that the 5th year of the BSc is also the first year of the MSc. By doing research for 6 more months, the MSc degree is complete. The scholarship applied to everything but those 6 months, yet the tuition for that was very expensive.
Since I was a top ranked student, my dean said that if I did research at an associate research institute abroad he will ask the university's top management to
- officially enroll me in the program,
- delay payment of the tuition,
- and consider offering me a scholarship for the remaining tuition
with one caveat: He will not know their decision until the very end of the program.
I took that risk, and successfully defended and submitted my thesis at the end of the program. While the university agreed to #1 and #2, my dean's attempts at #3 were fruitless. I have proof that I was enrolled as an MSc student and the university printed my degree's certificate but they will not hand it to me unless I pay the full tuition, which I can not.
My question is: Do I have a MSc degree or not? How should I address this on my CV/Resume?