I have always referred to an academic degree as something I possess—e.g. ‘I have a degree in
However, I recently had to get my degree certificate out for a job interview and noticed that it says the following: ‘It is hereby certified that
$name has been duly admitted to the degree of Master of Science in
$subject’. Same for my Bachelor's.
So what is an academic degree, and how should it be referred to? Is it something one has, or something one is in? Do I have a Master's degree in
$subject or am I in the Master's degree for