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Correct Names & Abbreviations of VT Degrees

One of the most important pieces of information in your resume and cover letters is the listing of the college degree you are pursuing. If you're uncertain of your degree or how to state it, here's help:

University resources to confirm correct wording and abbreviations for your degree:

Bachelor of arts or bachelor of science or other ...?
Degree titles for each major, listed by college
[on website of the University Registrar]

Master of arts or master of science or other...?
See VT graduate degrees and programs
[Graduate School |]

How to abbreviate your degree | capitalization & possessive:
University style guide includes this.
[University Relations]

Degree title guidelines from the University style guide:

Do not add the word "degree" after an abbreviation of the degree.
Do not add the word "degree" after "bachelor/master of arts/science."


B.S. in sociology
M.A. in English
Ph.D. in biochemistry

Not correct:
B.S. degree in sociology
M.A. degree in English
Ph.D. degree in biochemistry

bachelor of arts in geography
bachelor's degree in geography

Not correct:
bachelor of arts degree in geography
bachelor's of arts in geography

bachelor's degree | master's degree
bachelor of arts | bachelor of science
master of arts | master of science
doctoral degree
doctor of philosophy [Ph.D.]

Not correct:
bachelors degree | masters degree
bachelor's of arts | of science
master of arts degree
doctorial (that's not even a word!!)
doctorate degree ("doctorate" and "degree" are both nouns. If you want an adjective before the noun "degree," use "doctoral.")