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Digital Diploma Pilot Program

The Registrar’s Office is piloting a digital diploma program, which will allow students to access and own a secure and certifiable digital file of their MIT diploma. The June 2017 Master of Finance and Master of Science in Media Arts and Sciences graduates were chosen as the first to participate; the pilot has now expanded to include a wide range of students from across the Institute.

The digital diploma, which uses MIT-developed blockcerts, will be awarded in addition to the standard physical diploma to students in these cohorts who opt in. MIT is the first university to pilot such a program.

To verify a digital diploma from MIT, use our verification portal.

For more information about the digital diploma and how it works, read our Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the benefits of having a digital diploma?

A digital diploma can be used to verify your degree to employers or other universities. It can also be shared with family and friends publicly on social media or privately via text or email. We believe that the full benefits of having a digital diploma will continue to evolve as this technology becomes more prevalent.

Does this mean that I won't get a physical diploma?

No. All graduates will receive a physical diploma, but we are now beginning to offer an official digital copy of that diploma as well.

How does the digital diploma work?

MIT and its partner Learning Machine use the blockchain to protect and verify your diploma. This is the same technology that allows bitcoin to be decentralized and secure. Your coded diploma is sent to you by email as an attachment, so you can store it in a secure place of your choosing. You can also store and view your diploma in the mobile app.

I want to be a part of the pilot. How do I sign up?

Our pilot cohorts have already been chosen. Our hope is that participation in this initial pilot will help us understand the need for and viability of a more extensive digital diploma implementation.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact the Registrar's Office at or 617-258-6409. If you are part of the current pilot, view additional Frequently Asked Questions.