I have a three years bachelors degree from a university in India(Top 10 by NIRF ranking). I want to do my masters in Canada but I have heard that a 4 years bachelor’s degree is required.
The thing is, my 3 years bachelor’s degree has the same amount of credit compared to a 4 years bachelor’s degree. So in this case, am I eligible or not?

For example: Do graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts degree or become a Bachelor of Arts?

Are Bachelor degrees grammatically and/or etymologically distinct from advanced degrees?

I note that the titles Master and Doctor are still in common usage, even though in practice frequently divorced from the associated academic degrees. (E.g, a Master as a formal designation is now most frequently associated with a skilled trade – like master electrician. And many holders of doctorate degrees eschew the use of the title outside of medicine and the academy.)

Etymologically it appears that Baccalaureate would be the correct term for a person who has received a Bachelor’s degree. But I can’t find that in modern usage, and its etymology (laureate) emphasizes the award of the degree, rather than the achievement of mastery or doctoral skill.

Or do I have it backward, and it is modern academia that has appropriated these different titles without establishing such terminological consistency?

I’m considering applying for an unaccredited, online, Master’s program at a university in the UK that is itself fully accredited.

I’m interested in pursuing a Master’s degree purely for my own interest and to broaden my knowledge. I don’t want to switch careers or necessarily pursue a PhD afterwards. I unfortunately have too many financial obligations to quit my job in order to pursue postgrad education full time.

I have my bachelor’s in psychology from an accredited university here in Canada.

So, I’m just wondering: are there any reasons why I shouldn’t apply for this online Master’s program, given that it isn’t actually accredited? Will the lack of accreditation cause me problems down the road?

I don’t know where to ask this question and I have found this site. If this is not the right place to ask it, please tell me and I will delete it.

I’ve been a computer engineer for 20 years but my true vocation is astronomy and astrophysics.

This autumn I’m thinking to start an astrophysics degree but I don’t know if I need to do a transition year because I don’t remember a lot of the mathematics and physics that I studied 20 years ago.

I’m interested in studying mathematics at university also, so I thought that I could start off studying mathematics first and then physics.

What do you think?

I ask it because physics has a lot mathematics and I don’t know if it is better to study mathematics first and then physics.

In a nutshell:

I’m a computer engineer that has ended his studies twenty years ago (I
don’t remember a lot of things about mathematics and physics) and I
want to learn astrophysics. Do I need a transition year or maybe I can
start studying mathematics (that is something that I want to do) first
and then astrophysics?

I don’t know where to ask this question and I have found this site. If this is not the right place to ask it, please tell me and I will delete it.

I’m a computer engineer for 20 years but my true vocation is astronomy and astrophysics.

I’m thinking to start next autumn astrophysics degree at the university but I don’t know if I need to do a transition year because I don’t remember a lot of things of mathematics and physics that I have studied 20 years ago.

I’m also interested in studying mathematics at the university also, so I’ve thought that I can start first studying mathematics and then physics.

What do you think?

I ask it because physics has a lot mathematics and I don’t know if it is better to study first mathematics and then physics.

In a nutshell:

I’m a computer engineer that has ended his studies twenty years ago (I
don’t remember a lot of things about mathematics and physics) and I
want to learn astrophysics. Do I need a transition year or maybe I can
start studying mathematics (that is something that I want to do) first
and then astrophysics?

I’ll have to excuse myself if my question sounds rant-like. I am desperate.

Back in 2013, I started my 4 year (240 ECTS) bachelor course. The course I went to was ranked the best in the country (of 20) at that time. There was a schedule of what classes we would get in what year, what choice we had, etc. I had to agree, it was a good university.

Fast-forward two years. I was studying in a different department to get my free-choice credits. I heard from friends from my main department that the course was being changed and that it was horrible. Apparently, the head of department wanted to implement some way of learning that is popular in France and Finland, where students pick what skills they want to learn now and learn that at their own pace. It sounds amazing in theory, but it went a little wrong in practice.

As students, we need to demonstrate that we have learned a certain competence to get ECTS now. For example, for ‘Software Development 2’, we need to show that we can and know when to implement certain programming concepts, like hash maps. Each student can fill a role in a project with a real client, for example the role of software architect. We would work together, as students of different years, in different roles. The department decides which role slots are available per project.

It does sound pretty awesome in practice and I was very enthusiastic when I started in 2016, even though some of my friends from different years were complaining. It turns out, they were right. It was horrible. It still is horrible. Yes, I had 1 year left to go in 2016, I am still trying to finish that year.

Clients were companies that usually could not afford an IT department and used us instead. There have been no lectures since the start of the new system in 2015. Communications about requirements are horrible. For example whole requirements are being left out of syllabi. Client and academic expectations do not align. For ‘Software Development 2’ I need to integrate a functional programming language and a object oriented one. The client wants an API written in PHP for a very specific task that leaves no room for a functional programming language.

I miss one small part of a ‘class’ from 2016, but the project has already finished. This means I cannot finish the class. I have asked for an alternative, but communications about that amount to “that’s your problem”. Actually, I have only been able to get 10 ECTS (1/6th of a year) over the past 2 years, while I have always been able to get my credits at in the same semester as I attended the class.

Coursemates are not much better off. The department scrapped the 30 ECTS requirement for first-years, because less than 10% had more than 30 ECTS. 60 ECTS in one year is normal. The course was best in the country up to the rankings of 2012, scoring 84 out of 100. Now it is scoring 30 out of 100, being the worst course in the country.

Some coursemates are considering sueing, but we do not want to ruin the value of our degrees even more. I want to drop out, as I am getting more and more depressed, but it makes me upset to drop out so close to getting my degree. I wanted to continue to get a masters degree. I was conditionally accepted into a really nice one.

We tried talking to just about everyone in the university. The department is trying to improve the course, so the university itself is letting this mess continue.

Basically: University (department) changed the course and made it go from best of the country to worst. University doesn’t want to change anything. What can we do? Is there someone, some organisation outside of our university we can complain to?

Note: this is a hogeschool

I graduated in 2016 for my Associates Degree. My college told me to enroll in history 11 over at a different college (they dropped me from the class by mistake and I couldn’t get back into it because it was full), that it’s equivalent to their 111 American History, so I did. I gave my college the transcripts, transcripts accepted it. Upon finishing my checklist counseling and admissions signed off my “petition to graduate” form. I walked the stage, paid for cap and gown, paid for my graduation pictures, and then as they gave everyone else their actual diploma months later, they informed me that they aren’t going to give me my degree because the other college does not match their American institution portion. I spoke to head of admissions and she was going to give it to me since I wasn’t going to use it to transfer, I’d just needed it for employers! (Degree in communications). Now, since she is now the Dean, she’s refusing to give it to me, even though THEY signed off. It has to go through several steps for the petition and still she is now blaming me for not taking their course too. I already took it at another college, what do I do now?