Masters Degree or Master’s Degree?
Edwin Johnstone wrote:
What is the proper way to spell masters degree ?
or is it master’s degree?
or Masters degree?
or Master’s degree?
To answer this question, I’ve consulted the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, and some university dissertation guidelines.
Speaking generically, you would write master’s degree:
Jack has finally earned his master’s degree.
Speaking of a specific degree, you would capitalize Master:
He holds a Master of Fine Arts from State University.
When it comes to abbreviating academic degrees, you’d better check the style book that governs your work.
For example, here is what the guidelines say on the site of Ohio University:
Use periods when abbreviating academic degrees.
Ex. Dr. Bond received her A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. –Ohio University
Northeastern University, like the MLA guide, prefers to drop the periods:
Punctuating degrees: Do not include periods in degree abbreviations. [Ex. BS, BA, MA, PhD] The single exception is Hon. for Honorary. –Northeastern University
NOTE: Not all universities use the same abbreviations for the master’s degree (from Wikipedia):
Harvard University and the University of Chicago for instance, use A.M. and S.M. for their master’s degrees and MIT uses S.M. for its master of science degrees. Master of Science is often abbreviated MS or M.S. in the United States, and MSc or M.Sc. in ; Commonwealth nations and Europe.
Master’s Degree on Newspapers
The Obama Foundation and the University of Chicago have teamed up to offer a master’s degree program for the next generation of community leaders. — LA Times
Earning an advanced degree is part of many people’s plans for their education and career. But “front-loading” your education and pursuing a master’s degree immediately after completing your bachelor’s degree isn’t always the best path. – USA Today
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