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Degree Abbreviations

Degree abbreviations vary from college to college but many are the same. For example, in the United States "B" always stands for bachelor and "M" always stands for master. Some universities use the Latin name for the degree which may cause the abbreviation to be reversed. For example, "A.B." is an abbreviation for the Latin degree "artium baccalaures" which can also be shown as "B.A" to reflect Bachelor of Arts. Most of the common fields of study use the same abbreviations with a few exceptions.

Common U.S. Education Degree Abbreviations

Associate Level

  • A.A. - Associate of Arts

  • A.A.S. - Associate of Applied Science

  • A.A.T. - Associate in Applied Tech.

  • A.O.T. - Associate in Occupational Technology

  • A.S. - Associate of Science

Bachelor Level

  • A.B. or B.A. - Bachelor of Arts

  • B.A.B.A. - Bach of Arts of Business Administration

  • B.A.Com. - Bachelor of Arts in Communication

  • B.A.E. - Bachelor of Arts in Education, Bachelor of Art Education, Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering

  • B.Ag - Bachelor of Agriculture

  • B.Arch. - Bachelor of Architecture

  • B.B.A. - Bachelor of Business Administration

  • B.C.E. - Bachelor of Civil Engineering

  • B.Ch.E. - Bachelor of Chemical Engineering

  • B.D. - Bachelor of Divinity

  • B.E. - Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Engineering

  • B.E.E. - Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

  • B.F.A. - Bachelor of Fine Arts

  • B.In.Dsn. - Bachelor of Industrial Design

  • B.J. - Bachelor of Journalism

  • B.L.A. - Bachelor of Liberal Arts

  • B.M.Ed. - Bachelor of Music Education

  • B. Pharm. - Bachelor of Pharmacy

  • B.S. or S.B. - Bachelor of Science

  • B.S.A.E. - B.S. in Aerospace Engineering

  • B.S.B.A. - B.S. in Business Administration

  • B.S.C.S. - B.S. in Computer Science

  • B.S.Chem. - B.S. in Chemistry

  • B.S.E. - B.S. in Engineering

  • B.S.Ed. - B.S. in Education

  • B.S.M.E. - B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

  • B.S.Micr. - B.S. in Microbiology

  • B.S.S.W. - B.S. in Social Work

  • Ph.B. - Bachelor of Philosophy

  • Th.B. - Bachelor of Theology

Master Level

  • A.M. or M.A. - Master of Arts

  • M.Acct. - Master of Accounting

  • M.Aqua. - Master of Aquaculture

  • M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration

  • M.C.D. - Master of Communication Disorders

  • M.C.S. - Master of Computer Science

  • M.Div. - Master of Divinity

  • M.E. - Master of Engineering

  • M.Ed. - Master of Education

  • M.Fstry. - Master of Forestry

  • M.L.Arch. - Master of Landscape Architecture

  • M.L.I.S. - Master of Library & Information Studies

  • M.M. or M.Mus. - Master of Music

  • M.P.S. - Master of Political Science

  • M.S. - Master of Science

  • M.S.C.J. - M.S. in Criminal Justice

  • M.S.C.S. - M.S. in Computer Science

  • M.S.Chem. - M.S. in Chemistry

  • M.S.F.S. - M.S. in Forensic Science

  • M.S.M.Sci. - M.S. in Marine Science

  • M.S.Met. - M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering

  • M.Sw.E - Master of Software Engineering

  • M.S.W. - Master of Social Work

  • M.Th. - Master of Theology

  • Th.M. - Master of Theology

Doctorate Abbreviations

  • Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology

  • Art.D. or D.A. - Doctor of Arts

  • D.B.A. - Doctor of Business Administration

  • D.C. - Doctor of Chiropractic

  • D.D. - Doctor of Divinity

  • D.Ed. - Doctor of Education

  • D.L.S. - Doctor of Library Science

  • D.M.A. - Doctor of Musical Arts

  • D.P.A. - Doctor of Public Administration

  • D.P.H. - Doctor of Public Health

  • D.Sc. - Doctor of Science

  • D.S.W. - Doctor of Social Welfare, Doctor of Social Work

  • D.V.M - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

  • Ed.D. - Doctor of Education

  • J.D. - Doctor of Jurisprudence. Doctor of Laws

  • L.H.D. - Doctor of Humane Letters

  • LL.D. - Doctor of Laws

  • Mus.D. or D.M. - Doctor of Music

  • O.D. - Doctor of Optimetry

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy

  • S.D or Sc.D. - Doctor of Science

  • S.Sc.D. - Doctor of Social Science

  • Th.D. - Doctor of Theology

Common Medical Degree Abbreviations

  • B. N. - Bachelor of Nursing

  • B.S.N. - B.S. in Nursing

  • M.N. - Master of Nursing

  • M.N.A. - Master of Nurse Anesthesia

  • D.D.S. - Doctor of Dental Surgery

  • D.M.D. - Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Medical Dentistry

  • D.O. - Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

  • D.P.T. - Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • D.S.N. - Doctor of Science in Nursing

  • D.Sc.PT - Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy

  • M.D. - Doctor of Medicine

  • O.D. - Doctor of Optometry

  • Pharm.D. - Doctor of Pharmacy

Individual educational institutions and institutions outside of the United States may use a variation of the abbreviation shown above for a specific degree. For clarification on a specific abbreviation, check the institution's website to verify the degrees which are granted.

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