What is Degree ?
Degree is (noun) 1. the division of a scale an angle of 80 degrees The temperature of the water is above 20 degrees. (NOTE: With figures, degree is usually written as the symbol degrees: 25 degrees Celsius.) 2. a level To what degree do you think the driver was to blame for the accident? to a certain degree partly It’s his own fault to a certain degree. 3. a diploma from a university She has a degree in mathematics from Oxford. to have a master’s degree to have gained a second, more advanced, degree from a university
source: Easier English, Student Dictionary Upper Intermediate Level