Education Overview

AdeptID has two related schemas to describe education: one for credentials achieved by job candidates and another for educational requirements articulated by employers in job postings. The education schemas are based on the US Department of Education’s Classification of Instructional Programs.

Education Schema

Candidate Education Schema

Candidates may have one or more educational experiences that AdeptID uses to infer the candidate’s skills and influence their job recommendations. The candidate education object is typically used for degrees, certificates and other university programs. (Industry certifications such as Project Management Professional for project managers and CISSP for cybersecurity professionals are considered skills in AdeptID’s data model.)

levelenum (string)The education level. Acceptable values are high_school, certificate, associate, bachelors, masters, doctorate.
degree_typeenum (string)The detailed education level. Enum list includes common specific degrees such as BA, BS, MBA, MD, etc). See education section for more details.
subjectstringThe subject (e.g., major or program of study) of the educational experience. In the case of a double majors, multiple programs of study can be entered here.
start_datedateThe start date of this education activity.
end_datedateThe end date of this education activity.
institutionstringThe institution's name.
GPAfloatThe grade point average achieved.
summarystringDetails of the candidate's accomplishments related to this educational experience.

Candidate Education Example

  "level": "ASSOCIATES",
  "degree_type": "ASSOCIATE OF ARTS",
  "subject": "Business",
  "start_date": "09/2020",
  "end_date": "06/2022",
  "institution": "Northern Virgina Community College",
  "gpa": 3.5,
  "summary": "Completed Associate's in Business with a concentration in marketing and high honors graduation"

Job Education Schema

Each job may have zero, one or more preferred or required educational credentials associated with it.

levelenum (string)The education level. Acceptable values are high_school, certificate, associate, bachelors, masters, doctorate.
degree_typeenum (string)The detailed education level. Acceptable value includes common degrees such as BA, BS, MBA, MD, etc). See the allowable values section for more details.
subjectstringThe subject requested (e.g., education major or program of study)
requiredbooleanIndicates whether the education is required or optional.

Job Education Example

  "level": "BACHELORS",
  "degree_type": "Bachelor of Arts",
  "required": true

Education Taxonomy

Use Cases for Education Taxonomy

The AdeptID Education Taxonomy is used for the following purposes.

Education Taxonomy Overview

AdeptID’s education schema utilizes two taxonomies sourced from the US Department of Education, one for degree level (e.g. Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master's etc) and another for program of study (e.g. Accounting, Mechanical Engineering, History).


This taxonomy describes the level of the degree. The allowable level and definitions of those levels below are described below. (Definitions are sourced from the US Department of Education.)

  • High School: Completed secondary school course of study or GED. (This definition is not sourced from IPEDS.)

  • Associate’s: A degree that normally requires at least 2 but less than 4 years of full-time equivalent college work.

  • Bachelor's: A degree (baccalaureate or equivalent degree, as determined by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education) that normally requires at least 4 but not more than 5 years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes all bachelor's degrees conferred in a 5-year cooperative (work-study) program. A cooperative plan provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government; thus, it allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies. Also includes bachelor's degrees in which the normal 4 years of work are completed in 3 years.

  • Certificate: A formal award certifying the satisfactory completion of a postsecondary education program.

  • Master's: A degree that requires the successful completion of a program of study of at least the full-time equivalent of 1 but not more than 2 academic years of work beyond the bachelor's degree. Some of these degrees, such as those in Theology (M.Div., M.H.L./Rav) that were formerly classified as "first-professional", may require more than two full-time equivalent academic years of work.

  • Doctorate: A Ph.D. or other doctor's degree that requires advanced work beyond the master's level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research, or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement. Some examples of this type of degree may include Ed.D., D.M.A., D.B.A., D.Sc., D.A., or D.M, and others, as designated by the awarding institution.

    Additionally, doctoral degrees include a category of professional practice degrees which are conferred upon completion of a program providing the knowledge and skills for the recognition, credential, or license required for professional practice. The degree is awarded after a period of study such that the total time to the degree, including both pre-professional and professional preparation, equals at least six full-time equivalent academic years. Some of these degrees were formerly classified as first-professional and may include: Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.); Dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.); Law (J.D.); Medicine (M.D.); Optometry (O.D.); Osteopathic Medicine (D.O); Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); Podiatry (D.P.M., Pod.D., D.P.); or, Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), and others, as designated by the awarding institution.


AdeptID uses the subject field and combines the result with the degree type field to align each degree to a standardized program of study based on the US Department of Education’s Classification of Instruction Programs (CIP).

Canonical Values

Degree Level:


Degree Type:

Users may enter values from either the degree_type or degree_abbreviation column. AdeptID uses this information to infer level and where possible the program_of_study.

High School DiplomaHSDHigh_School
Associate of ArtsAAAssociates
Associate of Applied ScienceAASAssociates
Associate of ScienceASAssociates
Associate of NursingADNAssociates
Associate DegreeAssociates
Bachelor of ArtsBABachelors
Bachelor of ScienceBSBachelors
Bachelor of EngineeringBEBachelors
Bachelor of Fine ArtsBFABachelors
Bachelor of NursingBSNBachelors
Bachelor's DegreeBachelors
Master of ArtsMAMasters
Master of ScienceMSMasters
Master of EngineeringMEngMasters
Master of PhilosophyMPhilMasters
Master of Business AdministrationMBAMasters
Master of Public AdministrationMPAMasters
Master of Library ScienceMLSMasters
Master of Social WorkMSWMasters
Master of Public HealthMPHMasters
Master of Fine ArtsMFAMasters
Master of EducationMEdMasters
Master of LawsLLMMasters
Master's DegreeMasters
Doctor of ChiropracticDCDoctorate
Doctor of Dental MedicineDMDDoctorate
Doctor of Dental SurgeryDDSDoctorate
Juris DoctorJDDoctorate
Doctor of MedicineMDDoctorate
Doctor of Osteopathic MedicineDODoctorate
Doctor of OptometryODDoctorate
Doctor of PharmacyPharmDDoctorate
Doctor of PodiatryDPMDoctorate
Doctor of Veterinary MedicineDVMDoctorate
Doctor of PhilosophyPhDDoctorate
Doctor of ScienceDScDoctorate
Doctor of EducationEdDDoctorate
Doctor's DegreeDoctorate