Celebrities with university degreeby SamALMan | created - 11 Dec 2013 | updated - 25 Dec 2015 | Public
The list has celebrities who have higher education degrees. The list limited to celebrities with master degrees and/or doctorate degrees in any field of study and celebrities with Bachelor degrees in natural or life sciences.
1. Brian May
Soundtrack | Flash Gordon
Brian May is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential, innovative, technically gifted and recognisable guitarists in the history of rock. He is also a prolific songwriter, responsible for writing or co-writing many international hits with Queen. He was educated at Hampton Grammar School ...
Bachelor degree of science and ARCS in physics with Upper Second-Class Honours from Imperial College London. PhD degree at Imperial College. His PhD dissertation in astrophysics entitled "A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud". Co-author of "Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe" book with Sir Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott.
2. Mayim Bialik
Actress | Beaches
Mayim Bialik grew up in San Diego and got her first acting job (Pumpkinhead (1988)) when she was just 12 years old. A number of TV roles followed until in 1990 she was cast in Blossom (1990), the role which made her famous.
By 1993, while Blossom was still airing, she had already won a deferred ...
Undergraduate triple major in neuroscience, Hebrew and Jewish studies from UCLA. PhD degree in neuroscience from UCLA.
3. Bill Cosby
Actor | The Cosby Show
Bill Cosby is one of the world's most well-known entertainers and comedians. William Henry Cosby, Jr. was born on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Anna Pearl (Hite), a maid, and William Henry Cosby, Sr., a U.S. Navy sailor. After tenth grade, Cosby joined the Navy and completed high...
Bachelor degree from Temple University. Master degree and doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
4. James Franco
Actor | 127 Hours
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. His mother is Betsy Franco and his father is Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco who ran a Silicon Valley business. James's mother, a writer, has occasionally acted.
Bachelor degree in English from University of California-Los Angles. MFA at Columbia University. Ph.D. in English at Yale.
Actor | Steel
Shaquille O'Neal is regarded as one of the most dominant athletes and arguably the most gregarious personality in sports history. He wrote an autobiography (Shaq Talks Back), preserves an online presence for his fan base and produced a number of albums (Biological Didn't Bother, Shaq-Fu: Da Return,...
Bachelor degree in arts from Louisiana state university. MBA online from University of Phoenix. Doctorate degree in education from Barry University.
6. Greg Graffin
Soundtrack | Clerks
Gregory Walter Graffin III was born in Madison, Wisconsin on November 6, 1964, raised by his parents Walter and Marcella. Before moving to Racine, Wisconsin his parents spent some years in Evanston, Illinois. When Greg's parents divorced when he was seven years old, he moved to Milwaukee along with...
Undergraduate degree in anthropology and geology from University of California-Los Angeles. Master degree in geology from University of California-Los Angeles. Ph.D. from Cornell University in zoology and the title of his dissertation is "Evolution, Monism, Atheism, and the Naturalist World-View: Perspectives from Evolutionary Biology"
7. Phil McGraw
Actor | Scary Movie 4
Phil McGraw was born in Vinita, Oklahoma, to Anne Geraldine "Jerry" (Stevens) and Joseph J. "Joe" McGraw, Jr., an equipment supplier for oil fields. He earned his doctorate degree in psychology from the University of North Texas . In 1980 he founded Courtroom Sciences, Inc., a full-service ...
Bachelor, master, and PhD degrees in French literature from Columbia University.
9. David Selby
Actor | Falcon Crest
Actor David Selby, highly regarded for his villainous work on both daytime and nighttime soap classics, was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia University and graduated with both B.S. and M.A. degrees from West Virginia University, then earned a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois...
He graduated with both B.S. and M.A. degrees from West Virginia University, then earned a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale
10. Hill Harper
Actor | CSI: NY
Hill Harper, an accomplished film, television and stage actor, stars in the hit CBS drama series, CSI: NY (2004). He portrays "Dr. Sheldon Hawkes", a reclusive coroner who walked away from a promising surgical career after the traumatic loss of two patients. This February, he will star in the HBO ...
Bachelor degree from Brown University. Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Harvard Law School. Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Harvard University. Honorary doctorate from Westfield State College.
11. Art Garfunkel
Actor | Carnal Knowledge
Art Garfunkel was born on November 5, 1941 in Forest Hills, New York, USA as Arthur Ira Garfunkel. He is known for his work on Carnal Knowledge (1971), Catch-22 (1970) and The Rebound (2009). He has been married to Kim Garfunkel since September 18, 1988. They have two children. He was previously ...
Undergraduate degree in art history at Columbia University. M.A. in mathematics from Columbia University. Completed coursework toward a doctorate in mathematics education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
12. Peter Weller
Actor | RoboCop
Peter Frederick Weller was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Dorothy Jean (Davidson) and Frederick Bradford Weller, a federal judge and career helicopter pilot for the United States Army. He traveled extensively as his father literally flew around the world. Before he was out of his teens, he ...
Attended North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). Master degree in Roman and Renaissance art from Syracuse University. Currently working on getting his Ph.D.
13. Dolph Lundgren
Actor | Rocky IV
Dolph Lundgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Sigrid Birgitta (Tjerneld), a language teacher, and Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren, an engineer and economist for the Swedish government. He lived in Stockholm until the age of 13, when he moved in with his grandparents in Nyland, Ångermanland, Sweden. ...
Received a degree in Chemistry from Washington State University. Graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney.
14. Dexter Holland
Actor | Idle Hands
One of the greatest punk vocalists in rock history, Bryan Keith Holland was born two days before the end of 1965 in Orange County, California to a father who was a hospital-administrator and a mother who was a school teacher. He is the third of four children of his family. Holland has cited bands/...
Bachelor degree in Biology from University of Southern California. Master degree in Molecular Biology from University of Southern California. Published a paper regarding microRNA in HIV genomes.
15. Tom Scholz
Soundtrack | She's Having a Baby
Tom Scholz was born on March 10, 1947 in Toledo, Ohio, USA as Donald Thomas Scholz. He has been married to Kim Hart since January 11, 2007. He was previously married to Michelle.
bachelor and master degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
16. Rowan Atkinson
Actor | Johnny English
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees ...
Educated at Durham Choristers School, St. Bees School, and Newcastle University, where he received a degree in Electrical Engineering. M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at The Queen's College, Oxford.
17. Angela Bassett
Actress | Strange Days
Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters, stages, and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a preacher's son...
B.A. degree in African-American studies from Yale University. Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama .
18. Meryl Streep
Actress | Out of Africa
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William ...
B.A. in Drama from Vassar College. Master of Fine Arts from Yale university school of drama.
19. Paul Giamatti
Actor | Sideways
Paul Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor (2003), Sideways (2004), and Barney's Version (2010) (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella ...
Bachelor degree in English from Yale university. Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama.
Director | No Woman, No Cry
Christy Turlington was born on January 2, 1969 in Walnut Creek, California, USA as Christy Nicole Turlington. She is a director and actress, known for No Woman, No Cry (2010), Duran Duran: Notorious (1986) and Giving Birth in America (2015). She has been married to Edward Burns since June 7, 2003. ...
Bachelor degree in comparative religion and eastern philosophy from New York University. Master degree in public health from Columbia University.
21. Lance Reddick
Actor | John Wick
Lance Reddick was born in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for John Wick (2014), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and White House Down (2013). He has been married to Stephanie Day since June 2011.
Graduated from university of Rochester. Earned master of fine arts at the Yale University School of Drama.
22. Sigourney Weaver
Actress | Avatar
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth ...
Attended Sarah Lawrence College as well as Stanford University. Master of Fine Arts degree at the Yale University School of Drama.
23. Liev Schreiber
Actor | Spotlight
Liev (pronounced Lee-ev) Schreiber was born in San Francisco. His mother, Heather (Milgram), is a painter, and his father, Tell Schreiber (Tell Carroll Schreiber III), is a theatrical actor who had a small role in The Keeper (1976). His mother is from a working-class Jewish family from Poland and ...
Attended University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Master degree from the Yale School of Drama.
24. David Duchovny
Actor | The X Files
David William Duchovny was born on August 7, 1960, in New York City, New York, USA. His father, Amram Ducovny, was a writer and publicist who was from a family of Jewish immigrants (from Ukraine and Poland), and worked for the American Jewish Committee. His mother, Margaret (Miller), was a ...
B.A. in English Literature from Princeton University. M.A. in English Literature from Yale University.
25. Lupita Nyong'o
Actress | 12 Years a Slave
Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to...
A master degree in fine arts from Yale university (school of drama)
26. Debra Messing
Actress | Will & Grace
Messing was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the daughter of Jewish American parents, Sandra (née Simons), who has worked as a professional singer, banker, travel and real estate agent, and Brian Messing, a sales executive for a jewelry manufacturer. When Messing was three, she moved ...
Bachelor degree in theater arts and a Master degree in fine arts
27. Adam Sandler
Actor | The Waterboy
Adam Richard Sandler was born September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith (Levine), a teacher at a nursery school, and Stanley Alan Sandler, an electrical engineer. He is of Russian Jewish descent. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took ...
Master in fine arts from New York University
28. Ashley Judd
Actress | Double Jeopardy
American actress and political activist Ashley Judd was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968, in Granada Hills, California. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known ...
Master's degree in Public Administration (MC/MPA) from Harvard University in 2010 (course based degree)
29. Ken Jeong
Actor | The Hangover
Ken Jeong is a Korean-American actor, comedian, and physician. He is best known for his roles as Ben Chang on the critically acclaimed NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community (2009) and gangster Leslie Chow in The Hangover (2009) Trilogy.
He appeared in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain (2013), as Johnny Wu, a ...
Completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University Obtained his M.D. degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Completed an internal medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.
30. Lisa Kudrow
Actress | Friends
Hardly the dumb blonde of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), Lisa was born in Encino, California on July 30, 1963. Her mother, Nedra S. (Stern), worked as a travel agent, and her father, Lee N. Kudrow, is a physician. Her parents are both from Jewish families (from Belarus, Russia, and ...
Bachelor degree in biology from Vassar College.
31. Kevin Grevioux
Actor | Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kevin Grevioux was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in various other states including Alaska, Oklahoma, Massachusetts (Boston), and New Jersey. He graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in Microbiology, afterwards attending ...
Earned his degree in microbiology from Howard University. Worked as research assistant.
Actor | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The towering presence of Canadian actor Donald Sutherland is often noticed, as are his legendary contributions to cinema. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films. He is also the father of renowned actor Kiefer Sutherland, among others.
Donald McNichol Sutherland was born in Saint ...
Bachelor degree in engineering and drama