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NER/NWR: How are Masters Degrees Conferred?

I have a friend who has been working towards her masters degree in political science for some time now.

She had her comprehensive exams in March and passed those, but she's still taking classes and has another paper or two to finish before the end of this spring semester in order to graduate from the program.

She keeps insisting that she "got her masters" in March, but just has to "finish these classes to graduate."  

This was definitely not some sort of dual-degree program or a program w/ some sort of extra certification. 

Is it possible to have a masters degree conferred on you before graduating from the masters program?  It makes me irrationally irritated that she keeps insisting that she already has her degree...but maybe I am just crazy and this is normally how it works?

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