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

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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 "undergraduate",...
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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 ...
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Can one get admitted on a MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering without holding same bachelors degree? [closed]

I am a student from Greece, studying Rural and Surveying Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) which is a 5-year minimum diploma involving 61 courses and a thesis (300 ECTS)...
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Famous modern-era academics without academic degrees?

Are the any famous or well-known (today-living) researchers without academic degrees working as professors or permanent staff members? There are two related questions: PhD without previous academic ...
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What's the equivalent of this degree in Europe and USA?

I'm an undergraduate student in mathematics at the University of Buenos Aires. The name of the degree is "licenciatura en Matemática", which is a 5 year long degree. To graduate you must make a small ...
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Converting a degree program to a non degree one

Is it possible to convert a degree program into a non degree program? For example if someone has started a degree program and is not able to complete it, or decided not to complete it, can he/she ...
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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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Meaning of the term “studies leading to a degree”

I am slightly confused about the meaning of the term "studies leading to a degree" in an application form. Does it mean only studies that lead to an actual degree, in which case incomplete studies ...
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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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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 universities verify qualifications?

I want to apply for an academic job in the US or UK. I am curious how the universities verify my academic degrees. Do they call/write to my home university to verify my qualifications. In my home ...
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Fraudulent credentials

Someone I know is apparently claiming to have obtained PhD when I know for a fact that he did not. He is working in a biomedical company and having himself presented as Dr. Is there a way to have ...
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Is a Graduate Performance Diploma considered an academic degree for purposes of PhD admissions or faculty job search?

This question might be appropriate for music SE but I am looking for more academic views. I know of Associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. Inside of these are different fields. I have ...
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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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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 a 'Master's by Research'?

Someone has stated that they have a 'Master's by research'. Does this mean that their entire degree was awarded based on their thesis work? Or does it mean that they took requisite courses, but also ...
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Can someone continue her education in Germany if the first university degree is not recognized?

My sister is living in Saudi Arabia in a city that has very few limited education options for her. She has to stay there for certain circumstances and she can't leave for a different country. She has ...
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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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How should I state my masters degree in my CV if I finished the program, but the ceremony won't be held for several months?

I'm currently updating my CV because recently I finished a master program. although the ceremony is going to be on March, I don't have the diploma yet. How should I state this in my CV?
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What is an “L.Mgt” qualification?

I'm a software engineer in the process of building an information system for a UK university, and one of the staff members' (whose details I have to house in the system) highest qualification level is ...
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Can my Specialist degree be equalized to Bachelor degree?

I have graduated from Russian university after 5 years of education and got a Specialist degree (Engineer in Computer Science). According to Wikipedia, Specialist is a four-tier degree and stands ...
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Should I use degree name as their system?

I am writing Statement of Purpose for PhD application to Canadian university and I am stumbling over a little issue that when I write like this I have completed my masters degree ... after ...
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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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On what factors is a dissertation approved

What are the factors that are considered when granting a PhD degree. For example, if a person has published excellent papers, but their dissertation is not perfect i.e. omissions and typos, would the ...
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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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Career Paths for Mathematics and Physics

I'm just looking at the Mathematics & Physics program at University of Toronto (I think it's like Mathematical Physics, correct me if I'm wrong), I'm wondering what career paths I can choose if I ...
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What is the equivalent degree of a Diploma in Information Technology from India?

After my 10th grade I joined a polytechnic college for a specialization in Infomation Technology (Diploma in Information Technology). Now, I am in my final year of under-graduate studies (Bachelor of ...
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What is a “very good higher education degree” when applying for a German PhD?

I plan to do a PhD in Germany. I have read some material that said that: "The most important formal qualification for being able to do a doctorate in Germany is a very good higher education ...
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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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Degree programs or careers with a focus on plagiarism detection?

Are there any formal degrees that offer training in tools for detecting plagiarism? Or on understanding fair-use, proper attribution of sources, and avoiding plagiarism? Are there career options ...
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What is the difference between a concentration and a track within the major?

We want to improve our undergraduate curriculum in my department by offering new concentration. Looking at many different programs in the US, the following questions came to mind: If there is a ...
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“Designated emphasis” on a doctorate

My university is offering a "designated emphasis" in a topic area, that grad students can add to their transcript. I think that the idea is that it can provide some sort of signal that the student ...
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How should I choose the name of my past degree in application when the options do not not exactly match my degree?

I am applying for PhD for a certain university (Canadian), and in the form there is a question about the academic background. In the options I see things like Bachelor of engineering, bachelor of ...
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How to gain admissions to graduate school with postgrad diploma, but no degree?

At the age of 21 I entered an (UK) M.Sc./Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Software Engineering. I entered without an Undergraduate degree based upon modules I undertook in a distance learning ...
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Is it possible to use one thesis for two degrees?

I am currently a masters physics student and doing my master thesis abroad during an exchange. At the moment my master thesis will be graded by my home university, but I have the option to enroll on ...
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Is a Double Degree equivalent to 2 single degrees?

I want to study Bachelor of Mathematics at university in Australia. While I was surfing the various courses, I came across something interesting. It was Bachelor of Mathematics and Bachelor of ...
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Meaning of “reading law”

In a book recently, I saw a reference to someone "reading law" at such and such a university in England. But I thought "reading law" was a way to bypass law school and still enter the law profession (...
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Is a second bachelors degree worth it? [duplicate]

I'm about to finish up a BA in linguistics and am looking at some interdisciplinary options for grad school (specifically in cognitive science). I have a competitive GPA in my last two academic ...
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Is it unusual to apply for a degree without finishing your current one?

Consider the following situation: a student has started a bachelor's/master's/PhD at a lesser-known university program but feels that he would benefit from a more prestigious institution with better ...
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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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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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Studying Abroad - do they need my high school transcript/diploma?

I'm thinking about studying in Germany next year at a university. I am a US citizen. I have completed a 2 year Associate's degree program at a trade school and also finished my general education ...
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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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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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Heard of Chamber of Chartered Java Professionals International?

I'm Java course which they said to me that they can arrange a Bachelor's degree from "The Chamber of Chartered Java Professionals International." I did a little research my own, and from what I can ...
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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 ...