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I've just finished my master studies in computer science and I'm writing a cover letter for a research internship.

How should I declare my studies background? I thought something like:

I have a master in Computer Science...

But I don't know if there is a more proper way to say it.

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If you have recently completed your master's degree and writing a cover letter, you might want to write the following:

I have recently completed a master's in Computer Science...

or using your sentence:

I have a master's in Computer Science...


Please note the following:

  • the [' s] after master indicates a possessive (the degree of a master), not a plural.
  • If you’re speaking of a specific degree, you should capitalise master and avoid creating a possessive: Master of Computer Science
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  • Thanks for your answer, much appreciated. So it is better to write "I have recently completed a Master of Computer Science"?
    – user6321
    Jul 5, 2017 at 0:06
  • If you want to use Master of Computer Science, you could try "I have recently completed a Master of Computer Science degree from the University of Englsih-Stack-Exchange." Alternatively "I have recently completed a master's in Computer Science..." should suffice the reader.
    – 3kstc
    Jul 5, 2017 at 0:15
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You also might consider taking another approach altogether using the present participle form of have, something like:

"Having recently completed a Master of Computer Science from XYZ University, I'm well equipped to handle a variety of issues related to the role your company is filling. Specifically, my area of expertise and concentration of study was in xyz topic, therefore I can offer a unique insight into the challenges you might face throughout your organization."

I thought I would give you another option which is also perfectly acceptable. The above answer was very good as well. And I also wanted to offer it in an expanded form which might help you flesh out the content of the letter. I hope it helps.

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