This brought Forbes editor Alex Knapp into the conversation when he said that Pope Francis has a master's degree in chemistry. There was a discussion of the variety of news sources, including a pre-papacy Catholic News Service story from 2005 that likely originated the claim:
- that as a young man, Jorge Bergoglio earned a master's degree in chemistry
- from the University of Buenos Aires
Much US media believes Pope Francis to have a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires - is that accurate?
[H]e completed what would be a kind of diploma in food chemistry, a technical qualification but not a degree.
and certainly not a Masters.Between the opinion of a biographer of Pope Francis, that his Vatican biography does not list that degree and that the claimed university does not seem to claim him as an alumnus, it is clear that Pope Francis does not have a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires.