degrees, academic

The official names of degrees are always capitalized, whether they follow a name or stand alone: Susan Tedesco, Master of Social Work; Vincent Padillo received a Ph.D.

Degrees are referred to as a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, an associate degree or a doctorate.

Avoid the redundancy of combining the word degree with a degree name. He received an associate degree in digital technology; not He received an M.B.A. degree.

The plural and singular form of degree is the same. They have master’s degrees.

Periods should be used with all degree abbreviations: A.A., B.A., Ed.D., M.A., M.B.A., M.S., Ph.D., R.N.

Capitalize and use periods in the titles of academic degrees: B.S. in Business Administration, M.S. in Management.


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