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Digital Diploma Pilot Program FAQs

If you are a current participant in the Digital Diploma Pilot Program, read on.

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

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.

How do I get my digital diploma?

Obtaining your digital diploma is an easy, three-step process:

The email attachment I received does not look like a diploma. Is this the correct file?

Yes. Use the app to see your diploma. The email attachment file is a coded version of your record.

What if I lose my phone or delete the mobile app?

As long as you have your passphrase, you can import your diploma to the app at any time and still prove that it belongs to you. Just download the app from the App Store, enter your passphrase, and import your diploma again.

The passphrase is also what allows you to maintain ownership of your blockchain-based records across multiple devices. For example, you can enter your passphrase on your tablet or another phone, then import the same diploma to that device's app. If you lose your passphrase, however, there is no way to prove ownership of this digital diploma. If this happens, you will need to download the app again, get a new passphrase, and contact us so that we can reissue your diploma. With ownership of your record comes responsibility.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact the Registrar's Office at or 617-258-6409.