How to Write a Degree on a CV


A CV, or curriculum vitae, is similar to a resume. Used primarily when applying to academic positions, a CV is generally longer than a resume because its purpose is to provide details about the accomplishments of your life in such a way that the reviewer can understand your mode of thinking and experiences. For example, in addition to the jobs you've had throughout your career, it also typically includes awards and recognitions you've received, papers you've published and details about the degrees you've achieved. The format of a CV is not specifically prescribed, giving you leeway for determining the format, writing style and organization.

Things You'll Need

  • Copy of your resume
  • List of all degrees granted
  • Copy of dissertations published
  • Identify the organization of the CV, including the position of the education section. The organization will largely depend on the purpose of the CV and your career stage. For example, if you have recently graduated, include the education section near the top of your CV.

  • List the pertinent facts about each degree obtained. The specific format and order of the facts isn't as important as consistent presentation. Each degree should include the type of degree awarded (such as Ph.D. or M.A.), the subject of the degree (such as Sociology), the school that granted the degree, the school's location and the year the degree was granted.

  • Include the abstract from your dissertation or presentation if the CV is for an academic position. Also include the academic members of the dissertation committee.

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