Honorary Degrees

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Honorary Degrees are administered by the Office Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Deadlines are February and September each year. Please call (517) 355-0306 or email vprgs@msu.edu

How to refer to your honorary degree

For any reference to an honorary degree awarded by Michigan State University: It must be clear the degree awarded is an honorary degree and not an earned degree.

To avoid confusion, the customary language in an academic setting is the abbreviation h.c. or honoris causa.

Outside the academic setting, the appropriate language is "honorary degree" or "honorary doctorate." It is recommended that in a curriculum vitae or resume the honorary degree be listed under “honors and awards” and not under “education.”