MA, MBA, BS, MS, MSW, PhD, PsyD: What Does it All Mean?
What do these letters stand for?
Breaking it down: the acronyms
Here's a breakdown of some of the acronyms you'll find out there:
|B.A.||Bachelor of Arts. The usual degree path for majors in liberal arts, humanities or social sciences such as English and political science.|
|B.S.||Bachelor of Science. The bachelor's typically awarded to graduates in science and technical fields.|
|B.F.A.||Bachelor of Fine Arts. Awarded to majors like art history, theater, film studies and photography.|
|B.B.A.||Bachelor of Business Administration. A business-oriented bachelor's path, typically associated with management, accounting, marketing, etc.|
|B.Arch||Bachelor of Architecture. A bachelor's degree geared towards the architecture field.|
|BSN||Bachelor of Science in Nursing. A degree path oriented towards the technical and hands-on training necessary to obtain a nursing license.|
|B.E.||Bachelor of Engineering. Concentrates on engineering fields like electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer engineering.|
|M.A.||Master of Arts. The basic graduate-level degree granted to grad students in fields in the humanities, social sciences or fine arts.|
|M.S.||Master of Science. Typically awarded to graduate students in scientific or technical fields.|
|Ph.D||Doctor of Philosophy. Despite what the name might suggest, a Ph.D is the doctorate-level degree granted in a variety of different fields.|
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