4 celebrities with advanced degrees

  • 4 celebrities with advanced degrees

    When people think of their favorite celebrities, the first thing that probably comes to mind are the stars' contributions on the big screen. However, there are many celebrities whose accomplishments span a number of different fields, including education. The following celebrities and musicians all have advanced degrees, and some of their fields of study could be surprising.

    1. Dexter Holland
    Fans of the band "The Offspring" may be shocked to learn that lead singer Dexter Holland has a notable degree in addition to his musical skills. He holds a master's degree in molecular biology from the University of Southern California and has publicized his plans to pursue his doctorate. Aside from his career in music, he intends on creating a new brand of hot sauce as a way of combining his interests with his skill set.

    3. Ashley Judd
    Others might know Ashley Judd from her work in films like "Double Jeopardy" and "High Crimes," but she's also an avid humanitarian who speaks out publicly for a variety of different causes. The actress earned her master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, further advancing her abilities to intelligently speak out against injustices that are important to her and the public. Her education and skills, combined with her status as a public figure, make her a successful activist on top of her primary focus as an award-winning actress.

    4. James Franco
    Known for his work as an actor in some of the most popular comedies of today, there's more to James Franco than what he may portray on screen. He earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at Columbia University in 2010 — but that's not all. He also holds a master's degree in filmmaking from New York University, and was enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Yale University.

    By Monique Smith

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