College Coursework But No College Degree in Resume Education Section

If you went to college but didn't complete your degree program, how should you handle that no-college-degree issue in the Education section of your resume? You most likely want to get credit for having attended college without highlighting that you didn't receive a degree. And you definitely should not lie on your resume — for example, stating that you earned a degree when, in fact, you did not.

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Here are a few tips for handling the no-college-degree issue in the Education section of your resume:

  • List the college or university you attended along with coursework that is relevant to your job objective. You could also list the name of the degree program you were in, without a date after the program name so as not to imply that you completed it.
  • Beef up the Education section with activities such as coursework, seminars, training, and relevant independent online studies, even though they didn't result in a college degree.
  • Include professional certifications under Education.
  • Change the heading of your Education section. For example:
    Education and Training
    Education and Certifications
    Education and Professional Development

Examples of College But No College Degree on a Resume

Take a look at the following six examples of Education sections without college degrees. See if they give you any ideas for how to create yours.


Education Example #1:
College Coursework, Certifications, and Training But No Degree

 

Anja went to college but didn't complete her degree program. Under Education and Training she listed her college experience along with a few certifications. Read more about this resume sample...

 

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Education Example #2:
College and Certifications But No Degree

 

Lionel has no college degree, but he has lots of training in his former field. He lists this training to fill out his Education & Certifications section to show that he is educated and completes programs he starts. Read more about this resume sample...

 

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Education Example #3:
College Coursework But No Degree 

 

Wendy attended two colleges but did not receive a degree. In her Education section, she simply listed the courses she took under the name of each college. Read more about this resume sample...

 

Combination Resume Sample Administrative Assistant Project Manager


Education Example #4:
College Coursework and Training But No Degree

 

No college degree is listed under Education & Training in this resume because Randall didn't get a college degree. He lists the program he took because it supports his objective and he wants the employer to know that he got some college education. Read more about this resume sample...

 

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Education Example #5:
Training and College Coursework But No Degree

 

Christopher does not have a college degree. However he did attend college and received some relevant training through his employer. See how he listed these in his Training & Education section at the end of his resume. Read more about this resume sample...

 

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Education Example #6:
College Coursework, Certifications, and Training But No Degree

 

Although Lynn didn't complete her BA, she listed the college she attended in her Education & Certification section because she wanted to show that she has at least some college education. She then lists her certifications, all of which are highly relevant to her career. Read more about this resume sample...

 

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