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For example, I assume a "M.Sc. student" would be a person who hasn't yet obtained a Masters degree?

I'm almost sure this is what it means, but not 100% sure, so I'd like to have it verified.

(I'm sorry if this should got to ELL.)

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A "masters" student would mean a student studying towards a masters degree.

It's just a shorthand (used mainly in first person I think)

I am a masters student

vs

I am a student studying towards a masters degree

Those who already have degrees would typically say

I have a/my masters [degree]

note: It's rather hard to find concrete rules about colloquialisms but Wikipedia, for example, follows the rules I stated: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postgraduate_education

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  • This may well be true, but unsupported answers are generally not well received on ELU. Dec 8, 2015 at 2:25
  • It's rather hard to find concrete rules about colloqualisims but Wikipedia, for example, follows the rules I stated: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postgraduate_educatio n
    – CobaltHex
    Dec 8, 2015 at 3:30
  • Then why not put that in your answer? Dec 8, 2015 at 16:11
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For example, I assume a "M.Sc. student" would be a person who hasn't yet obtained a Masters degree?

Firstly, it would be an M Sc student, and unless it was important to distinguish, most often people would just say "a masters student". And yes - an M Sc student would be one studying for it, rather than one who has obtained it.

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