Abreviations For Degrees and Other Academic Distinctions

Degree abbreviations allow persons to specify an academic degree instead of spelling out the whole degree name/title. Many degrees have more than one possible abbreviation and may vary between colleges and universities., e.g., BS, BSc, BA, BBA, and so on.

There are four significant classifications of degrees available for postsecondary students: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Attaining one of the four degrees can take 2-8 years, depending on the field of study and level of degree.

If you are looking to get a degree, it’s good to know your degree’s abbreviation.

Bachelors Degrees Abbreviations

Bachelor of Accounting — BAcc
Bachelor of Architecture — BArch
Bachelor of Arts — BA
Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies — BA(ArchStud)
Bachelor of Business Administration — BBA
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance — BBA(Acc&Fin)
Bachelor of Business Administration (Information Systems) — BBA(IS)
Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Global Management — BBA(IBGM)
Bachelor of Business Administration (Law) — BBA(Law)
Bachelor of Chinese Medicine — BChinMed
Bachelor of Cognitive Science — BCogSc
Bachelor of Criminal Justice — BCJ
Bachelor of Dental Surgery — BDS
Bachelor of Economics — BEcon
Bachelor of Economics and Finance — BEcon&Fin
Bachelor of Education — BEd
Bachelor of Education in Language Education — BEd(LangEd)
Bachelor of Education in Primary Education — BEd(PrimaryEd)
Bachelor of Engineering — BEng
Bachelor of Engineering, in engineering disciplines as determined by the Senate from time to time
Bachelor of Finance — BFin
Bachelor of Housing Management — BHousMan
Bachelor of Journalism — BJ
Bachelor of Laws — LLB
Bachelor of Management Studies — BMS
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery — MBBS
Bachelor of Nursing — BNurs
Bachelor of Pharmacy in Chinese Medicine — BPharm(ChinMed)
Bachelor of Science — BSc
Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science — BSc(ActuarSc)
Bachelor of Science in Applied Medical Sciences — BSc(ApplMedSc)
Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics — BSc(BioInf)
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences — BSc(BiomedSc)
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science — BSc(CompSc)
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems — BSc(CSIS)
Bachelor of Science in Computer Studies — BSc(CompStud)
Bachelor of Science in Engineering — BSc(Eng)
Bachelor of Science in Information Management —BSc(IM)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Studies — BSc(NursStud)
Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying — BSc(QS)
Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences — BSc(Sp&HearSc)
Bachelor of Science in Sports Science and Leisure Management — BSc(SSLM)
Bachelor of Science in Surveying — BSc(Surv)
Bachelor of Social Sciences — BSocSc
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Government and Laws) — BSocSc(Govt&Laws)
Bachelor of Social Work — BSW
Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine — BTCM

Masters Degrees Abbreviations

Master of Architecture — MArch
Master of Arts — MA
Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics — MA(AppliedLinguistics)
Master of Arts in Transport Policy and Planning — MA(TranspPol&Plan)
Master of Buddhist Studies — MBuddhStud
Master of Business Administration — MBA
Master of Business Administration (International) — IMBA
Master of Chinese Medicine in Acupuncture and Moxibustion — MChinMed(Acup&Mox)
Master of Common Law — MCL
Master of Dental Surgery — MDS
Master of Economics — MEcon
Master of Education — MEd
Master of Finance — MFin
Master of Financial Engineering — MFE
Master of Geographic Information Systems — MGIS
Master of Housing Management — MHousMan
Master of International and Public Affairs — MIPA
Master of Journalism — MJ
Master of Landscape Architecture — MLA
Master of Laws — LLM
Master of Laws, in law disciplines as determined by the Senate from time to time
Master of Medical Sciences — MMedSc
Master of Nursing — MNurs
Master of Nursing in Advanced Practice — MN
Master of Orthodontics — MOrth
Master of Philosophy — MPhil
Master of Public Administration — MPA
Master of Public Administration (International) — IMPA
Master of Public Health — MPH
Master of Research in Medicine — MRes(Med)
Master of Science — MSc
Master of Science in Audiology — MSc(Audiology)
Master of Science in Computer Science — MSc(CompSc)
Master of Science in Conservation — MSc(Conservation)
Master of Science in Construction Project Management — MSc(ConstProjectMan)
Master of Science in Dental Materials Science — MSc(DMS)
Master of Science in Electronic Commerce and Internet Computing — MSc(ECom&IComp)
Master of Science in Engineering — MSc(Eng)
Master of Science in Engineering, in engineering disciplines as determined by the Senate from time to
Master of Science in Environmental Management — MSc(EnvMan)
Master of Science in Global Business Management and E-Commerce — MSc(GBM&ECom)
Master of Science in Information Technology in Education — MSc(ITE)
Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Design and Management — MSc(IDM)
Master of Science in Library and Information Management — MSc(LIM)
Master of Science in Real Estate — MSc(RealEst)
Master of Science in Real Estate Development — MSc(RealEstDev)
Master of Science in Sports Science — MSc(SportsScience)
Master of Science in Urban Planning — MSc(UrbanPlanning)
Master of Social Sciences — MSocSc
Master of Social Service Management — MSSM
Master of Social Work — MSW
Master of Statistics — MStat
Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Acupuncture and Moxibustion — MTCM
Master of Urban Design — MUrbanDesign

Doctors Degrees Abbreviations

Doctor of Education — EdD
Doctor of Laws — LLD
Doctor of Legal Science — SJD
Doctor of Letters — DLitt
Doctor of Medicine — MD
Doctor of Philosophy — PhD
Doctor of Psychology — PsyD
Doctor of Science — DSc
Doctor of Social Sciences — DSocSc
Master of Surgery — MS
Honorary Degrees
Doctor of Divinity honoris causa — DD honoris causa
Doctor of Laws honoris causa — LLD honoris causa
Doctor of Letters honoris causa — DLitt honoris causa
Doctor of Science honoris causa — DSc honoris causa
Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa — DSocSc honoris causa
Diplomas and Certificates
Advanced Diploma in Education — AdvDipEd
Advanced Diploma in Endodontics —AdvDipEndodont
Advanced Diploma in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery — AdvDipOMS
Advanced Diploma in Orthodontics — AdvDipOrth
Advanced Diploma in Paediatric Dentistry — AdvDipPaediatrDent
Advanced Diploma in Periodontology — AdvDipPeriodont
Advanced Diploma in Prosthodontics — AdvDipProsthodont
Advanced Diploma in Social Work — AdvDip(SocWk)
Diploma in Architecture — DipArch
Diploma in Chinese Language — DipChinLang
Diploma in Pharmacy — DipPharm
Foundation Diploma in Management — FDipM
Postgraduate Diploma in Building Services — PDipBS
Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Health — PDipCAH
Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Language Subject Knowledge for Graduate Teachers — PDipCLangSK
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research Methodology — PDipClinResMethodology
Postgraduate Diploma in Commercial Law — PDipComL
Postgraduate Diploma in Common Law — PDipCL
Postgraduate Diploma in Community Geriatrics — PDipCommunityGeriatrics
Postgraduate Diploma in Community Psychological Medicine — PDipComPsychMed
Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation — PDip(Conservation)
Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Project Management — PDip(ConstProjectMan)
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing in English — PDipCWEng
Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Materials Science — PDipDMS
Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Surgery — PDipDS
Postgraduate Diploma in Education — PGDE
Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering — PDipEng
Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering, in engineering disciplines as determined by the Senate from time
to time

Postgraduate Degree Abbreviations

Postgraduate Diploma in English Studies — PDipES
Postgraduate Diploma in General Dental Surgery — PDipGDS
Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems — PDipGIS
Postgraduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases — PDipID
Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law — PDipIT&IPL
Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Law — PDipITL
Postgraduate Diploma in International Affairs — PDipIA
Postgraduate Diploma in International Arbitration and Dispute Settlement — PDipArb
Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism — PDipJ
Postgraduate Diploma in Laws — PDipLaws
Postgraduate Diploma in the Law of the People’s Republic of China — PDipL(PRC)
Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing — PDipNurs
Postgraduate Diploma in Psycho-oncology — PDipPsycho-oncology
Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health — PDipPH
Postgraduate Diploma in Public Law — PDipPubL
Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Computer Science) — PDipSc(CompSc)
Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Electronic Commerce and Internet Computing) —
Postgraduate Diploma in Surveying (Quantity Surveying) — PDipSurv(QuantSurv)
Postgraduate Diploma in Surveying (Real Estate Development) — PDipSurv(RealEstDev)
Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design — PDipUrbanDesign
Certificate in Chinese Language — CertChinLang
Certificate in Health Economics — CertHealthEcon
Certificate in In-Service Education for Teachers — CertINSET
Certificate in Medical Sciences — CertMedSc
Certificate in School Counselling and Guidance — CertSCG
Certificate in Social Study — CertSocSt
Certificates in engineering subjects, as determined by the Senate from time to time
Hong Kong Common Professional Examination Certificate in Laws — HKCPECLL
Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Studies — PCAdvEdStud
Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research Methodology — PCClinResMethodology
Postgraduate Certificate in Education — PCEd
Postgraduate Certificate in Laws — PCLL
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology —PCPsych
Postgraduate Certificate in Psycho-oncology — PCPsycho-oncology
Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health — PCPH

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