MA, MBA, BS, MS, MSW, PhD, PsyD: What Does it All Mean?

What do these letters stand for?

There are two parts; one can classify the educational level of the degree: "B" stands for bachelor's degree; "M" stands for master's degree; and "D" stands for doctoral degree. The second part denotes the discipline of the degree, like "S" for science, "A" for arts, or "Ph" for Philosophy.

What are the distinctions between arts and science degrees?

Depending on the school you attend and the kind of courses you take, you could earn an arts degree or a science degree. Typically, an "arts" degree means that you focused on a wide area of learning and discussion, while a "science" degree implies a deep, technical understanding of your subject.

What kinds of designations exist for doctoral students?

The highest degree you can earn in most liberal arts disciplines is a PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy. However, clinical and counseling psychologists earn a PsyD, Doctor of Psychology nomenclature; medical students earn M.D. degrees; and law students can earn J.D. (Juris Doctorate) degrees.

What about some of the other specialized degrees?

Distinctive nomenclature are named after applied disciplines, include Master of Social Work (MSW), Doctor of Social Work (DSW), Master of Education degree (MaEd), Master of Business Administration (MBA), or Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).

Refine Your Search

Program

  • All
  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications & Media
  • Computers & Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice, Legal & Safety
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education & Teaching
  • Engineering & Architecture
  • Health, Healthcare & Nursing
  • High School
  • Liberal Arts
  • Math & Science
  • Psychology, Counseling & Mental Health
  • Testing
  • Vocational & Trade

Degrees Offered

  • All
  • Associate
  • Bachelor
  • Master
  • Doctoral
  • Diploma
  • Certificate
  • Coursework

Location Type

  • Campus and Online
  • Campus
  • Online

Zip

Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.

Featured Schools

 
Results:  7
Matching School Ads

Want to study at a UK university without leaving your house? The University of Liverpool offers online Masters and Doctoral programmes.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • San Francisco
Selected Programs:
  • Computer Animation (MFA)

Capella provides a flexible online learning environment designed for working adults who want to advance in their profession.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its seven colleges: Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Undergraduate Studies, The Art Institute of California and Western State College of Law as well as certificate programs in many areas.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online
  • Alameda
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • More...

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

You’re serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

At AIU, the Serious U, you can get in, get moving, and get ahead.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online