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Degree Titles and Abbreviations

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This is a list and glossary of degrees, their titles and abbreviations and and explanation where needed. This free space page is being created to assist in adding abbreviations to profiles so that individuals are properly honored for their accomplishments.

Some professionals display their credentials as either prefixes or suffixes or both while others do not.

Many professional degree abbreviations are not even recognized.

It has been said that a profession is an occupation that requires a body of knowledge, education and training beyond basic skills and includes a code of ethics and standards.

Most professions require an a personal investment in acquiring an advanced degree.

Educational requirements, degree titles and educational requirements may differ in different countries.

In technical fields certifications have often replaced academic degrees or are additional to them. These will be included.

You will see that this gets out of hand quite quickly....

"An associate degree is a 2-year undergraduate degree, often offered through community colleges and vocational schools. An Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science enables graduates to pursue careers or further their education by transferring their credits to a bachelor's degree program.[1]

"A bachelor's degree ... is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study lasting three to six years (depending on institution and academic discipline)."[2]

"A master's degree ... is an academic degree awarded by universities or colleges upon completion of a course of study demonstrating mastery or a high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice. A master's degree normally requires previous study at the bachelor's level, either as a separate degree or as part of an integrated course."[3]

"A doctorate ... or doctor's degree or doctoral degree is an academic degree awarded by universities, .... In most countries, a research degree qualifies the holder to teach at university level in the degree's field or work in a specific profession."[4]

Academic Degrees

A.A. – Associate of Arts

A.S. – Associate of Science

A.A.A. – Associate of Applied Arts

A.A.S. – Associate of Applied Science

A.B. – Bachelor of Arts

A.D.N. – Associate in Nursing

A.M. – Master of Arts

A.M.T. – Master of Arts in Teaching

B.A. – Bachelor of Arts

B.A.M. – Bachelor of Applied Mathematics

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.E.D. – Bachelor of Education

B.E.E. – Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

B.F.A. – Bachelor of Fine Arts

B.J. – Bachelor of Journalism

B.Lit. – Bachelor of Literature

B.M. – Bachelor of Music

B.M.S. – Bachelor of Marine Science

B.N. – Bachelor of Nursing

B.Pharm. – Bachelor of Pharmacy

B.S. – Bachelor of Science

B.S.B.A. – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

B.S.Ed. – Bachelor of Science in Education

B.S.E.E. – Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

B.S.N. – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

B.S.N.S. – Business Studies

B.S.P. – Bachelor of Professional Studies

C.E. – Civil Engineer

Ch.E. – Chemical Engineer

D.A. – Doctor of Arts

D.A.S. – Doctor of Applied Science

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.D. – Doctor of Dental Medicine

D.M.S. – Doctor of Medical Science

D.P.A. – Doctor of Public Administration

D.P.H. – Doctor of Public Health

D.R.E. – Doctor of Religious Education

D.S.W. – Doctor of Social Welfare or Doctor of Social Work

D.Sc. – Doctor of Science

D.V.M. – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Ed.D. – Doctor of Education Ed.S. – Education Specialist

E.E. – Electrical Engineer

E.M. – Engineer of Mines

E.Met. – Engineer of Metallurgy

I.E. – Industrial Engineer or Industrial Engineering

J.D. – Doctor of Laws

J.S.D. – Doctor of Juristic Science

L.H.D. – Doctor of Humane Letters

Litt.B. – Bachelor of Letters

Litt.M. – Master of Letters

LL.B. – Bachelor of Laws

LL.D. – Doctor of Laws

LL.M. – Master of Laws

M.A. – Master of Arts

M.Aero.E. – Master of Aeronautical Engineering

M.B.A. – Master of Business Administration

M.C.S. – Master of Computer Science

M.D. – Doctor of Medicine

M.Div. – Master of Divinity

M.E. – Master of Engineering

M.Ed. – Master of Education

M.Eng. – Master of Engineering

M.F.A. – Master of Fine Arts

M.H.A. – Master of Hospital Administration

M.L.S. – Master of Library Science

M.Mus. – Master of Music

M.N. – Master of Nursing

M.P.A. – Master of Public Administration

M.S. – Master of Science

M.S.Ed. – Master of Science in Education

M.S.W. – Master of Social Work

M.Th. – Master of Theology

Nuc.E. – Nuclear Engineer

O.D. – Doctor of Optometry

Pharm.D. – Doctor of Pharmacy

Ph.B. – Bachelor of Philosophy

Ph.D. – Doctor of Philosophy

S.B. – Bachelor of Science

Sc.D. – Doctor of Science

S.J.D. – Doctor of Juridical Science or Doctor of the Science of Law

S.Sc.D. – Doctor of Social Science

Th.B. – Bachelor of Theology

Th.D. – Doctor of Theology

Th.M. – Master of Theology

Technical Specialty Degrees and Certifications

CG - Certified Genealogist

OT - Occupational Therapist

PT - Physical Therapist

RN - Registered Nurse

IT Certifications

CCNA - Cisco Certified Network Associate

CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional

MCSE - Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Network+ - CompTIA Network+

More to come.


  1. https://learn.org/articles/What_is_an_Associate_Degree.html
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachelor%27s_degree
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master%27s_degree
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctorate

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