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When I am writing a personal statement, I am confused by the word "master". I don't know weather I can use the lower case because that's showed in the dictionary. But my friend from the UK told me that I should use "Master". So, which one is correct?

  1. My short-term goal is to specialize in data science through this master's programme.
  2. My short-term goal is to specialize in data science through this Master's programme.
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I would use a small 'm'. We usually do not capitalise (capitalize in US) the degree level when writing generally. Capitalise when talking about a particular degree or course. In academic writing, you should consult an appropriate style guide. The quotation below shows a widespread convention:

In general, academic degrees are capitalized only when the full name of the degree is used, such as Bachelor of Arts or Master of Social Work. General references, such as bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, are not capitalized.

Writing Style Guide (Western Michigan University)

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