I currently have 2 undergrad degrees, 2 technical diplomas and 2 masters degrees, all from different fields, and am looking to start a part-time PhD next year.

Is there a space efficient way to list all this on a resume, because currently even just listing the degree/diploma and the institution takes up over half a page?

Edit: Adding in current format:

Bachelor of Computer Science (Software Engineering/Systems Security)
- University of XX 2007-2009
- Dean's Scholar

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    Just list them sequentially, newest to oldest. – Jane S Aug 3 '15 at 21:49
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    This just sounds like a formatting issue: six items, each with field, institution and a date. I don't see any reason that that should take up over half a page. – Avon Aug 3 '15 at 22:20
  • I don't see any reason that should take up more than 12 lines (plus space to mention relevant thesis). Warning: some folks will look at that list and think "indecisive dilettante" unless you have a good story for why you needed expertise in all those area. – keshlam Aug 4 '15 at 0:24
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    @keshlam That depends on how different. Jumping from Philosophy to Civil Engineering is a big leap. Physics to Computer Science, not so much. – HorusKol Aug 4 '15 at 0:49
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    @scaaahu I'm looking for feedback on how an industry will view it, not for how the academic community will view it. From what I understand they have very different views of things. – roffster Aug 4 '15 at 3:09

Using your example,

Bachelor of Computer Science (Software Engineering/Systems Security)

University of XX 2007-2009 (Dean's Scholar)

I think Dean's Scholar is optional. I added it in the second line only because you have it in your example and I have a feeling that you are proud of it..

Industry companies pay attention to skills and experience. Whether you were Dean's Scholar when you graduated is not that relevant. I personally would take it out from my resume because it would add too much unimportant information. I would save it for more important things such as my programming experience in my resume if I were you.

So, you have six items in your education section total 12 lines (about half page).

As I said in my comment, your academic CV would be a totally different story.

  • IF you only have a few (or no) years of work experience, the Dean's list might be worth mentioning; if the example degree was the first that roffster earned this is quite possible. Once you've got a few years of experience, I agree that it's probably no longer worth mentioning. – Dan is Fiddling by Firelight Aug 4 '15 at 5:32
  • @DanNeely I agree. That's why I still list it there. However, I feel that the way I list it looks somewhat awkward. Given that the OP has six items in Education, I'd rather omit that Dean's list to save the space. It's trade-off. – scaaahu Aug 4 '15 at 5:43

Unless you have no experience (internships count as experience), you should list your degree's in chronological order.

Do it on one line as so

B.S. Of Computer Science - University of XYZ (GPA here if you want)

Leave off Dean's Scholar. Once you get a grad degree, you should focus on what you did as a graduate student. You wouldn't have been accepted to grad school without good grades. Focus on achievements as a grad student.

Hiring managers (in industry) will likely be looking MUCH more at experience than anything else.


I honestly don't think it is relevant to list Undergrad degrees when you have a master. I would just list the masters. The part about you pursuing a phd is quite important because it would tell a employer that you plan to pursue it and potentially limit your work schedule and/or work at different hours.

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