Academic Degrees

The word degree should follow the degree abbreviation. (This is a UALR house rule that deviates from AP Style.) It is permissible to use the abbreviations of formal degrees on first reference, applying the following capitalization and punctuation:

B.S. degree
B.A. degree
M.A. degree
Ph.D. degree
MBA degree

If included, the field of study should be lowercase, unless it is a proper noun:

Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
B.A. degree in English

Capitalize the formal names of academic degrees:

Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts
Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

For general reference, use lowercase and appropriate possessive apostrophe:

bachelor’s degree
master’s degree
associate degree
doctorate or doctoral degree