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Questions about institutional recognition of academic progress, such as master’s or doctoral degrees.

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When does one go for a double doctorate?

I would love to know the circumstances under which people opt for a second doctorate degree. Could a professor working in a university write up a thesis and submit it to his department to earn a ...
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Is it possible to obtain a Master's degree without Bachelor's degree?

I have worked as translator for more than seven years in the industry. I have a background in cuisine for more than ten years. Now I would like to add an graduate degree related to Tourism, Hotel and ...
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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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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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Does one get academic credit towards a degree for open online courses?

Lately lots of courses like udacity, coursera, and MITx are provided online. I attended most of them; also I have attended courses in OCW provided by MIT. Now I desire to earn some credits for ...
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Is a PhD the highest degree?

I am curious to know whether PhD is the highest degree one can earn? Is there any other degree beyond that, if so what is it and what are the universities offering the same?
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What are “all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto”?

It is common language in graduation ceremonies, at least in the United States, to hear a degree conferred with "all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto." How would one discover what the ...
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Are two undergraduate degrees better than one master degree?

I have finish my BSc in physics. I want to work in a interdiscipline like biophysics or econophysics. Because these are mainly physics, one can study higher with spending little effort to understand ...
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Can my university revoke my degree after it was granted due to (corporate) data having changed?

I did my thesis using corporate data (I used to work there, they don't give their information freely or sell it), data is from 2009 to 2018. I collect the data, analyze it, everything normal. However,...
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What is a “diploma mill”?

I recently deleted a response on Academia.SE because many people thought my response was supporting the idea of a 'diploma mill'. My understanding of the matter was that a diploma mill is simply a ...
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Is a university that grants me a PhD for $1000 and a copy of my unpublished book fake?

I have paid $1000 for PhD in mathematics. And I have sent them my book to be considered as a PhD thesis. Now I suspect that I have lost the money. But as far as I know they are not accredited by the ...
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How to start an academic career after 5-6 years in industry, without an undergraduate degree?

As an undergraduate, I wasted a ridiculous amount of time due to a combination of being distracted by part-time work, lack of focus, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life, and just plain being ...
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What is the basic structure of American higher education?

When I go to university for four years and study, e.g., law or medicine, do I earn an undergraduate degree? And do I have to go to university for another two years or so to get a graduate degree? Also,...
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Why is it customary to call people with doctoral degrees doctors but not people with masters degrees masters?

Why is it customary to call people with doctoral degrees doctors but not people with masters degrees masters? They are both graduate degrees that supersede the undergraduate degree.
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What incentives do professors have to increase the PhD completion rate in their department?

In other words: How do professors profit if a larger (rather than smaller) proportion of entering PhD students in their department complete their degree? (At my department at least, it seems like ...
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How can I transition from industry to academia without having a college degree?

I've been working in the "private sector" since my late teens. I've gathered good web-development experience to be able to find work quite easily thankfully. I was never really interested in getting a ...
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Abbreviation of Doctor of Philosophy: PhD or DPhil?

I am a bit confused about the proper abbreviation of Doctor of Philosophy. I sometimes read that this person obtained his D.Phil from X University, while someone else obtained his PhD from Y ...
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E-Scroll for University Graduates: Any problem?

University of Malaya, Malaysia's oldest public university has recently deployed a new system for issuing graduation certificate named e-scroll (it seems be the 1st university in the world to deploy e-...
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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 "undergraduate",...
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What does “First Class or 2.1 Honours degree” mean?

A PhD position for which I am planning to apply notes: Applicants should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a First Class or 2.1 Honours degree. The position is in the UK, but I live in ...
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Are Doctor of Arts (D.A.) degrees in math taken seriously?

Morris Kline's Why The Professor Can't Teach mentions many problems in current mathematical education in university. The author said the Doctor of Arts (D.A.) in Mathematics was created to solve ...
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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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Are three year degrees from India equivalent to Four years degree in the US?

Is a three years bachelors degree in Commerce and three years bachelors degree in Law from India termed to be equivalent to have a four years graduate degree from the US?
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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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Can a university revoke one's degree for his minor misconduct?

I don't mean misconduct that will make him get expelled or miss his academic requirement. He will have received sanction like making an apology or suspension for a month if the university finds it out ...
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Has anyone, based on great performance, ever been awarded a higher degree than the one they enrolled for?

Out of curiosity, I was wondering if anyone, historically, has ever been awarded a degree that was a level higher than the one they were enrolled in and studying for, simply because their performance ...
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Can a department revoke a degree, once granted by the university?

I’ve just completed a graduate degree at a university in the UK, as an older student. The department, IMO, is a mess of politics, fickle actions, and backstabbing. Whilst here, I have been pushed, ...
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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 ...
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Getting into math ten years after a BA in English

I got a BA in English at a pretty good school, spent the next 10 years in a fruitless pursuit of screenwriting with a day job in a legal department, and now that I'm sick of all that, I'd like to do ...
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What are my obligations as an MSc holder?

I hold two degrees, a BSc (2011) and an MSc (2013), from the University of Waterloo. I noticed recently that on my BSc it reads "[...] and has been granted admission to that degree with all the rights ...
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Are master's degrees in the US mostly meant to prepare you for a Ph.D?

I am a Canadian undergraduate student intending to get a master's degree, but not intending to get a Ph.D. A Canadian graduate student told me that master's degree in the US are really only designed ...
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Why do some Universities give honorary degrees?

Most of the question is the title: Why do some Universities give honorary degrees? E.g. the President of Indonesia, Sukarno, got 26 honorary doctorates, and Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe has ...
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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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Can someone with only a bachelor's degree teach at a community college?

Can someone with a bachelor's degree teach at a community college, or are they required to have something more?
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Is it possible to be admitted to a Master's program after not completing Bachelor's degree due to academic dishonesty?

Is it possible to get admission to a master's program in economics without finishing up your undergrad? I have completed 105 credits so far for my BA Honours in economics and math degree, and still ...
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Do I have any potential in the academic field? [closed]

I live in a third-world country. Although I have a second-class degree in IT, I work in the general banking section in a private banking organization. This is possible because, in our country, private ...
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Problem of mentioning the department affiliated with PhD degrees

A newbie here :) I am currently a PhD student in a computer science program. My research interest is about quantum information science. Back then, I also got accepted into a Physics PhD program, but ...
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Are there differences between SM, MS, MSc, MSci degrees?

I have a Master of Science degree from the EECS department at MIT. From the website it is pretty clear they call it an SM degree. I think many US universities refer to a Master of Science degree as an ...
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How is a part-time degree (from a reputed institute) perceived in the academic job market?

I have recently graduated with Computer Science and Engineering and joined an R&D firm. During the job, I enrolled for a part time MS(Research) from the topmost institute in my country (with ...
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Electronic version of diploma in the US universities?

In a job application, I received electronic version of diploma and transcript (not scanned copy, but the official electronic file that the university prepared to be printed on official diploma and ...
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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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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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Doctor of Design (or Other) as PhD Equivalent, Future Risk

From another question regarding Doctorate equivalency, I found the link to this wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_doctoral_degrees_in_the_US I have a few questions that are ...
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Is an undergraduate physics degree the same everywhere in terms of coursework?

Is a degree in physics the same everywhere in terms of what is being taught or are there differences from one institution to the other ?
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Make my Professor a gift [duplicate]

I just received my diploma from my university. I'm very happy and my results aren't that bad either. Now, as the result is already known, I would like to thank my professor and my supervisor for their ...
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Who determines data manipulation, fraud or honest mistake? [duplicate]

I did a study using a company's private data in the mining sector, but I forgot to include some data in the analysis. If someone tries to do my experiment again and find different results. Would that ...
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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 ...