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What is the difference between Degree and Diploma?

Asked by Isa , Last updated: Oct 11, 2020

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G. Horace

G. Horace

G. Horace
G. Horace, Content Developer, Chicago

Answered May 29, 2020

Degree and Diploma are both academics awards issued educational institutions which show that the recipient has successfully completed a course of study. The above little explanation does not mean both awards are the same. In most countries of the world, the period of time to be used to complete a degree program is usually around 3-4 years, while it can take between 1-2 years for someone to complete a diploma course.

In fact, some diploma courses can be completed in less than a year. Unlike a degree that can only be issued by a well recognized university, a diploma can be issued by private institutions, vocational institutions, etc. When studying a degree program, you will not be limited to your course of study, but you will have chances to study more about other related courses.

In contrast, a diploma program is very narrow in scope since you will be trained only on your preferred course of study.

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