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CV Education Section [How to Write + Examples]

Knowing how to write the CV education section is key. Learn how to add university, high school, and university degrees on your CV to get any job you want.

Christian Eilers, CPRW
Career Expert
CV Education Section [How to Write + Examples]

You’ve just come to the CV education section.

Oh, that’s simple.

School, degree, dates, GPA, and presto—I’m done.

Sure, you could do that…

…and you also could lose out to the other candidates.

Here’s how to format education on a CV in a way which schools all the rest.

In this CV guide, we’ll show you:

  • The only CV education format recruiters expect.
  • How to list education on your CV to prove what you know.
  • How to show off your academic achievements: honours, awards and accomplishments.
  • Where to put relevant coursework on a CV and what to do with your GPA.

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By the way, this guide is about writing a CV’s education section. If you are just starting your professional career and want to learn how to write your  CV check out these guides:

1. Why is a CV Education Section Important?

Like numbers quantifying accomplishments in other parts of a CV, education is proven by degrees and diplomas earned.

On top of that, a CV education section helps show direction

Employers want hires who are willing to learn and improve, and your education on CV shows that.

When you dress it up with impressive extracurricular activities, relevant coursework, and honours—all the better!

Expert Hint: Double-check if there are no typos in your CV. They undermine your education—and your chances for employment. 58% of employers auto-reject CVs that contain typos.

2. Where to Put Education on CV?

Like a hotel in Monopoly, you’ve got to locate it strategically.

In the vast majority of cases, put the education CV section just below your work experience section.


Place it after your CV summary (or CV objective statement or summary of qualifications) when:

  • You’ve just graduated.
  • You‘re writing an academic CV.
  • You’re a professional returning to school.

If you've got little or no experience, put it above the experience section to focus the recruiter's attention on what you have rather than what you don't have.

Expert Hint: Went to a prestigious university? You might want to show that off to make use of the halo effect. This cognitive bias basically says that, because you went to Cornell, you’ve got to be an impressive candidate.

3. What to Put on Your CV Education Section

An outstanding education section of CV has its must-include items and for-chrissakes-don’t-add-that details.

In your educational background section, include:

Items to Include for Education in CV

  1. Degree type (bachelor’s, master’s, etc.)
  2. Degree major
  3. School name
  4. School city and country
  5. Dissertation or thesis topic
  6. Relevant coursework
  7. Honours and awards, such as Latin honours cum laude and magna cum laude, and others
  8. School clubs and organisations, but only if it’s relevant (no adding drama club if you’re becoming a programmer)

The top 4 items are must-haves. The rest will give you an edge over other candidates.

However, if you've got X years of experience, mentioning those extra items will look awkward as your experience is what matters to employers (i.e., don't say you were a good student, if you've already been expected to be a great professional).

And, don’t weaken your CV education section with these:

Not Recommended Items for Education in CV

  • College information if you’ve completed a university degree (we’ll cover this more in a bit)
  • Marks on CV, especially if they're too low
  • Graduation year or dates in school, especially if it is more than a decade in the past.


What to do if you have some extracurricular certifications or development courses to list?

These should be listed in its own certifications and awards CV section.

Also, if you are a member of a learned society or academic association, add that to a membership section.

Expert Hint: Consistency is key. If you format your dates as November, 2023 in your job descriptions, stick to that same dating format in the CV academic section.

4. How to List Education on CV?

We’re about to show you varying degrees of a great CV education section.

But first—

Here is how to list education on CV:

  1. Start with your most recent academic experience.
  2. Add the degree earned if you completed it.
  3. Include the school name, city, and state.
  4. List the program or major if the schooling is yet unfinished.
  5. Add extras to make the education section soar, such as honours, awards, relevant coursework, and minors.
  6. Use a second educational entry if the first one is unfinished.

Here is a no-frills basic sample of education listed on a CV:

Education on CV—General Example

BSs in Biological Sciences

Imperial College London

That’s for a completed university span, but it would also work for a college graduate CV.

Expert Hint: If you’ve earned more than one degree, list them separately, even if they’re from the same university.

Now, let’s look at some academic CV examples which include our recommended additions.

Education on CV—Relevant Coursework

BA in Computer Network Security

University of Westminster

Relevant Coursework: network & security applications, internet-of-things, cloud foundations.

Education on CV—Dissertation or Thesis Topic

BSc in Computer Engineering

University of London

Dissertation: Deep learning frameworks for structural topology optimisation

Education on CV—Publications

BSc in Economics

University of London


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Education on CV—Awards, Honours, Latin Honours

BA in Business Management
University of Leeds
Honours & Awards

  • Dean’s List (past 5 semesters)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Summa cum laude
  • Magna cum laude

Expert Hint: Always put Latin honours (cum laude, summa cum laude & magna cum laude) in lowercase italics. Also, cum laude on your CV might make adding Dean’s List redundant, but better have them roll their eyes than lose that achievement!

Education on CV—Clubs and Extracurricular Activities

BA in Sociology
University of Cambridge
Extracurricular Activities:

  • Softball team captain
  • Engineering Club
  • Student Government
  • Environmental Student Organisation
  • Museum of Science Student Guild

Some even suggest adding your thesis as an educational element. “You may want to include a separate ‘Thesis’ subsection under the appropriate educational degree and indicate the title of your thesis in italics,” states Harvard Law School.

Our advice is, if it’s relevant, go right ahead!

Please note, of course, that two or more of the various education subsections above may be combined. Just stack them one atop the other.

Expert Hint: Only add extracurricular activities in your education section if they are relevant and affiliated with your time at the school. Otherwise, list relevant activities in a CV hobbies and interests section.

5. How to List Education In Progress on CV?

Perhaps you’re still in school now, looking for a job to make ends meet.

What then?

Here’s how to put university on CV if you haven't graduated yet:

Studying Information Technology

University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK

Expected Graduation: 2020

That CV expected graduation can also be listed as: anticipated graduation or completed by.

Additionally, you could style it with credits instead of a date, like so:

Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK

Completed 50 credits toward BA in Accounting & Finance

And what if you dropped out of university or life got in the way and you don’t know when you’ll finish?

Here’s how to list unfinished university on CV when you’re not taking classes anymore:

University of West England, Bristol, UK

Completed 50 credits toward BA in Product Design


This means that you should add college below, like so:

Fairfield High School, Bristol

Graduated 2017

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6. Should You Put College Information on a CV?

If college is your only education, that’s fine!

Just add it as your sole education entry, exactly as in the previous example.

Here is an example of college education on CV:

King David School, Manchester

Graduated 2018

What if you only have college, but haven’t finished yet?

Here is a college student CV example for someone still in school:

Cockburn School, Leeds

Expected graduation: 2020

Here’s how to list college if you’ve left:

Hodge Hill College, Birmingham, UK

Years Attended: 2016–2018

 Expert Hint: We don’t recommend dates on finished degrees and diplomas, especially if they’re more than 10 years in the past, but they are useful when the program remains unfinished.

7. B.A. or BA? They’re NOT All the Same

When ATS software scans your CV and parses it for CV keywords, do you feel confident you have the right phrasing?

It’s a trap.

Also in the case of describing your degrees.

Look at the first sentence of the Wikipedia page for a Bachelor of Science:

“A Bachelor of Science (Latin Baccalaureus Scientiae, B.S., BS, B.Sc., BSc, or B.Sc; or, less commonly, S.B., SB, or Sc.B., from the equivalent Latin Scientiae Baccalaureus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded…”

That’s nine variations to refer to the same degree (without even saying bachelor’s degree)!


How to Write Degree on CV?

First, check the job listing—it’s the perfect cheat sheet.

Refer to your diploma the same way your future employer talks about it.

If they say BA, you say BA.

If they say B.A., add those periods.

But here's a great trick: when talking about diplomas, use the preferred abbreviation and the whole form: Bachelor of Arts (BA).

If the ATS expects to see bachelor not BA, this will double your chances of being understood by those annoying robots.

8. Top Tips for CVs’ Education Area

Don’t List Everything

Employers have specific requirements. But in the case of education and experience on your CV, you can have too much of a good thing—

My father has three master’s degrees and a bachelor’s degree, all in different fields. Retired now, he recently applied for a job as a part-time security guard to pass the time.

He listed all the degrees on his CV, and it took ages for him to finally land the job. For most companies, he was way overqualified.

You might have paid good money for those diplomas, but don’t list them all just to show off!

Write It Right

It is an associate degree and doctoral degree (no apostrophes), but it becomes possessive when saying bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. Western Michigan University says, “Do not use an apostrophe with associate degree or doctoral degree. Do not capitalise the major specialty.”

They also add, “Academic degrees are capitalised only when the full name of the degree is used, such as Bachelor of Arts or Master of Social Work.”

Don’t Lie

A credit shy of a degree is not a degree. Also, don’t round your GPA up. Nowadays, it is easier than ever for an employer to verify what background you listed, so never lie in your education CV section!

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Key Points

  • Only include relevant entries on your CV education section.
  • If you’ve completed university, don’t add high school.
  • If you’re partially on your way to a diploma, add high school.
  • Add education subsections such as coursework, minors, clubs, activities, publications, and honours and achievements to boost your chances of employment.
  • Consider skipping dates and GPAs on your CV.

Got any questions on how to write a CV education section? Not sure how to list minors, coursework, GPAs, activities, or honours? Let’s chat about it in the comments section below, and thanks for reading!

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Christian Eilers, CPRW
Career expert who has been sharing his expert knowledge since 2017. His advice will guide you smoothly through all recruitment processes: from job hunting to getting a promotion. Christian offers comprehensive advice on career development and each step of the job search, from start to finish and beyond. His guides cover looking for new jobs, sending application documents such as resumes and cover letters, acing interview questions, and settling into the new position. Since 2017, he has written over 200 in-depth, meticulously-researched career advice articles in collaboration with the most renowned career experts in the world. Hundreds of thousands of readers visit Christian’s articles each month. Christian majored in Communication & Culture, Anthropology at the City University of New York. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and learning about cultures and traditions from around the world.

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