Incomplete Education

How do I present an education that was never complete?


If you are in the process of completing your education, specify this in the Education section of your resume. Although you have not quite finished the coursework for your degree, there is value in the fact that you are working toward it, and working toward personal improvement.

Include pertinent information regarding your education.

  • Name of School, City, State
  • # of credits completed/earned
  • Years attended (optional - Most relevant if almost finished)


  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    Completed 112 credit hours toward Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 2010 - 2013

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
    Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Anticipated graduation May 2014

Here are some other tips to consider:

  • Emphasize work experience that is related to the target job, by placing the Work Experience section before the Education section. This way, you can impress the employer with your work experience right away.
  • In addition to the incomplete education, you can include a subheading, titled Relevant Courses, or something similar. List some major courses that you completed and state how they are related to the target job.
  • Include other professional training or certifications with a brief description of the skills you acquired and how it is relevant to the position. Examples include…

    • College courses
    • Online or classroom trainings
    • Seminars or workshops
    • Conferences
    • Technical training

Note: Since you have completed some college, it is not necessary to include high school on your resume. One can assume that you graduated from high school, because you have completed college courses.

I hope that you find this information useful. Please use the comments section to let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Victoria E.

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