- a degree awarded by a graduate school or department, usually to a person who has completed at least one year of graduate study.
Also called mas·ter's.
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Word Origin and History for master's degree
late 14c., originally a degree giving one authority to teach in a university; from master (n.) in its general sense of "man of learning" (early 13c.), "a teacher" (c.1200).
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