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Is there any word to designate prejudice against someone based on the degrees he holds or the university he attends/attended?

  • Perhaps "elitism"? – Hot Licks Jul 21 '15 at 0:55
  • @HotLicks Indeed quite close. Ideally I'd like something a bit more specific to degrees. – Franck Dernoncourt Jul 21 '15 at 1:02
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    Brain disTrust? – user98990 Jul 21 '15 at 1:44
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Credentialism seems to fit.

undue emphasis on credentials (as college degrees) as prerequisites to employment

Merriam-Webster.com

This definition suggests that the word is most commonly used about employment discrimination specifically, and that agrees with my own intuition (although I don't think it's absolutely limited to this context – it might also be used when talking about the perceived credibility of authorities).

In the context of social discrimination or general negative attitudes towards people with less education, I think Hot Lick's suggestion of elitism might work better.

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