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

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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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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Is a university that grants me a PhD for $1000 and a copy of my unpublished book fake?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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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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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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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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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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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 public political criticism of my alma mater result in my BA being revoked 35 years later?

Perhaps it is a sign of paranoia that I even ask, but is there a chance that the private college I got my BA from back in the 1980s would revoke my degree if I were to publicly complain about its ...
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Can I claim to have completed my degree on my résumé, prior to convocating and receiving the physical diploma? [duplicate]

I just received my (passing) grades for my last remaining courses for my BSc. I’ve completed all my requirements, but the next convocation ceremonies don’t take place until Summer 2018. Likewise, I ...
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Dates on degrees don’t make sense – will people care?

I got my bachelor’s and master’s from different universities in different countries: I enrolled for my master’s overseas when I hadn’t officially graduated undergrad yet, despite having done the ...
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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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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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Can a university revoke my degree for not attending classes?

I have a 60 hour work-week due to work/school/commuting/homework, so I've had to make sacrifices -- usually this is attendance of mindless gen-ed classes. I'm worried that the university may revoke my ...
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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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Can my degree be revoked if my relationship with my advisor sours post-defense?

I defended my thesis last year and was granted MS degree. After that my advisor pressurized me to work more with him and write papers. I refused after some time and my relationship with him became ...
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Why transcripts instead of degree certificates?

I've been offered a few adjunct teaching positions recently, and the colleges have said that degree certificates don't count in verifying my credentials and that only academic transcripts are ...
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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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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 are the criteria for degree revocation?

I was awarded a degree from a reputable college or university. For what reasons could my degree be revoked after the fact? Should I be worried? Note to readers: This is a special community wiki '...
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Can I pursue a bachelor degree at 42? What should I consider when deciding whether to do so? [closed]

I am contemplating pursuing a bachelor degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering or System Engineering. Not to look for a job with it but just to expand my knowledge. I have a reasonable ...
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Why are PhDs the most common doctoral degree?

I have heard many people say they have a PhD in a certain area. For nearly all of my life, I thought a PhD was simply a doctorate, and I didn't know that it had anything to do with philosophy. ...
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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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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 PhD degree from a European university considered equally valuable as one from the US?

I earned my PhD in continental Europe. Except going to a few conferences outside Europe, my network, collaborations and events were all in Europe so I was pretty much living in a European bubble. I am ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What does “Contribution to Knowledge” mean?

We've been having this discussion about what actually formulates 'contribution to knowledge' when doing a masters or a PhD in a particular field. For an example from my field (Computer Science), say ...
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Can you get a PhD based on work or life experience?

Is there any possibility that I could be awarded a Ph.D. degree based on my work or life experience and good educational background? Can you guide me to any institution offering such Ph.D.s?
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Do details of my undergraduate title matter?

I'm a third-year undergraduate student yet to experience the graduate world. Currently, with the course choices I made, I can choose between two degree titles, namely “BSc Mathematics” or “BSc Applied ...
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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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May I call Samuel Johnson a PhD?

According to Wikipedia, Samuel Johnson was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1765 by Trinity College Dublin and in 1775 by Oxford University. Also, apparently people referred to him as "Dr Johnson" ...
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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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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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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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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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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, are ...
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Have people been prosecuted for using fake degrees?

Diploma mills sell degrees at any level, ranging from bachelor to PhD. The way I see it, the sole purpose of getting milled diplomas is to deceive others. As such, I expect the consequences of getting ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Has a doctoral degree any value outside of its main area?

The phd area is Computer Science and the other area can be anything - if this info makes any difference... I am asking from the practical point of view, specially something that can be evidenced by ...
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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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Is it possible to obtain a bachelor's degree by passing some test to prove equivalent knowledge rather than attending a university?

Is it possible to obtain a bachelor's degree without attending a university? I'm talking about passing some kind of test or series of tests to prove my knowledge. I'm not asking about buying a fake ...
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What's the correct order of writing for a MSc. and a Dipl.-Ing. degree? (e.g. on a business card)

I finished my (german) Dipl.-Ing. (FH) degree after 4 1/2 years of studying. After that I started to work and studied parallel via a correspondence course. I'll now shortly (hopefully ;-) ) have the ...

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