Masters Degree or Master’s Degree


Normally, we write master’s degree, with the apostrophe. Here, the s in master’s shows a possessive (the degree of a master), not a plural. However, when we talk of a degree in a specific field, like the Science or Arts, we drop the apostrophe and the s. Instead, capitalize both the words “master” and the field: Master of Art, Master of Science. The same rule is applicable to a bachelor’s degree.


Peter finally took his Master’s degree from University of Massachusetts in 2017. (Here, Master is capitalised, but not degree).

Also: He earned a Master of Fine Arts from Harvard. When you abbreviate these academic degrees, it would be a good idea if you check the style book to follow consistency. The rules vary from one style book to another.


These academic degrees can be abbreviated as MS, M.S., MSc, M.Sc., SM, S.M. (A Master of Science; Latin: Magister Scientiae), likewise, MA or M.A., and if the concerned university insists on Latin phrases, we can abbreviate it as AM or A.M. from the Latin Artium Magister.

Bachelor’s Degree adopts the same spelling rules as master’s degree. When we talk about the degree in general, we don’t need to capitalize it, the bachelor’s is written as a possessive, not a plural:

He has become so wayward, neglecting his studies and hanging around with bad company, that it wouldn’t be easy for him to get his bachelor’s degree.

He did his Bachelor of Science in Radiology at Boston College.

Mark will finally get a Master of Arts degree from the Occidental College.

Jane did an MA in fine arts at Louisiana State University.

Sophia had earned a Master’s Degree in business administration at the Guilford College before she migrated to Canada. 

Can you suggest how I can get a bachelor’s degree without going to college?


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