Graduate Policies & Procedures

Diploma format

Master of Science: The diploma for a degree with specification reads as in the following example:

“Massachusetts Institute of Technology upon the recommendation of the faculty hereby confers on (name) the degree of Master of Science in (name) in recognition of proficiency in the general and the special studies and exercises prescribed by said Institute for such Degree given this day under the Seal of the Institute at Cambridge in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”

Similar language is used for the Master of Architecture, Master of Business Administration, Master of City Planning, and Master of Engineering degrees.

The diploma for a degree without specification reads as in the following example:

“Massachusetts Institute of Technology upon the recommendation of the faculty hereby confers on (name) the degree of Master of Science in recognition of proficiency in the general and the special studies and exercises prescribed by said Institute for such Degree given this day under the Seal of the Institute at Cambridge in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”

Engineer: The diploma for an Engineer’s degree reads as in the following example:

“Massachusetts Institute of Technology upon the recommendation of the faculty hereby confers on (name) the degree of (name) Engineer in recognition of proficiency in the general and the special studies and exercises prescribed by said Institute for such Degree given this day under the Seal of the Institute at Cambridge in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”

Doctor of Philosophy: The diploma for a Doctor of Philosophy degree reads as in the following example:

“Massachusetts Institute of Technology upon the recommendation of the faculty hereby confers on (name) the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in recognition of scientific attainments and the ability to carry on original research as demonstrated by a thesis in the field of (name) given this day under the Seal of the Institute at Cambridge in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”

Similar language is used for the Doctor of Science degree.