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What are the differences among a degree, a diploma, and a certificate?
Is my above sentence correct, grammatically?
Does any one know the above answer? I am actually searching for it..
Last edited by abaka; 18-Jan-2009 at 23:03.
just a student.
a ''degree'' is what one achieves in terms of education. a degree in economics, a degree in computer science and so on. a ''diploma'' is an official document, printed in proper stationery, that corroborates that you have such a degree. it is normally issued by the institution where one achieved the degree and must be recognized by the department of education. sometimes ''degree'' and ''diploma'' are used interchangeably.
I think that ''I have a degree in economics'' and ''I have a diploma in economics'' mean basically the same.
A degree is granted by a university.
A diploma is granted by a secondary or technical school.
A certificate may be granted by either, but in N. America usually indicates a particular area of specialization or concentration.
I had trouble finding a good job with my high school diploma, so I got a degree in political science, with a certificate in international relations.
I have a hairdressing diploma.
I have a mathematics degree.
After finishing his English degree, he decided he wanted to work with children, so he got a certificate in education. [Or: BA in English, BEd to teach, depending on the jurisdiction.]
The word "diploma" or "certificate" or often "parchment" also means the actual document.
See my Ph.D. diploma, hanging on the wall there? I bought it in a second-hand store.
they are distinct things, then!