What you need to know

MIT’s digital diplomas, developed in partnership with Learning Machine, provide employers and institutions of higher learning with an easy, reliable way to authenticate credentials at no cost. They are coded and certified using Blockcerts, an internationally recognized standard for securing important digital records. You can independently verify the issuer and time of issuance, as well as verify that the diploma was issued to a specific individual, and not someone else.

Some key points to remember:

  • Students must opt in to receive their digital diploma from MIT.
  • Only students who graduated after 2017 are eligible to receive an MIT digital diploma; their eligibility ends, generally, the January after they graduate.
  • Digital diplomas are sent to students as email attachments that are coded and certifiable using Blockcerts. Once received, they own their credential and can share it with whomever they choose.

What you need to do

  • Ask students to send you their digital diploma certificate URL or JSON file.
  • Use our verification portal to authenticate credentials that have been written to the Bitcoin blockchain. We recommend using Google Chrome or Safari to complete one of the following steps:
    • If a student has provided a URL, simply copy it in the “Certificate URL” field and click “Verify.”
    • If a student has provided a JSON file, drag and drop the file or choose it from its location on your desktop, and click “Verify.”