(POLL) Post secondary degrees – your letters and how do you write them?

posted 2 years ago in Career
  • poll: Do you use your letters and how?
    Yes and it's B.E.S/B.L.A : (5 votes)
    12 %
    Yes and it's BES/BLA : (6 votes)
    15 %
    No but it's B.E.S/B.L.A : (3 votes)
    7 %
    No but it's BES/BLA : (15 votes)
    37 %
    Yes and I haven't got a clue which way is correct : (2 votes)
    5 %
    No and I haven't got a clue which way is correct : (5 votes)
    12 %
    I have a different answer : (5 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 2
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    2428 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

    MsGinkgo:  The letters would come from the “college” within your university. So, even though DH has his bach degree in Criminal Justice, it is techinically a BS, Bachelor of Science, because his degree was under the supervision of the science “college”. Most people don’t use periods.

    Look at your diploma, it’ll say what it is.

     

    ETA: No, I don’t use mine. But my degree (BA) doesn’t apply to my job, so it would be silly. And most people have bach degrees these days. If you had a Masters or PhD, I would.

    Post # 4
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    2428 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

    MsGinkgo:  No periods. I’ve only seen doctors written as MD, not M.D.

    Post # 5
    Member
    1206 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’ve never seen periods either!

    Post # 6
    Member
    1890 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: TBD

    I’m honestly not sure if it is correct or not but I have NEVER seen anyone use periods. I’ve always seen Dr. Hodgy, PharmD or MD or DC. 

    Post # 8
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    3812 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    MsGinkgo:  No periods. 

    Most people just use BA, BS, MA, MS, etc. though – not the field. It’s not wrong, but unusual – imo, that’s probably because different schools use different names for the same field of study. (e.g., criminal justice vs crime, law, & justice).

    Post # 10
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    3331 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I don’t generally see people using letters for a bachelor’s degree, but if that is common in your field, then go for it. I have a BS, but I don’t list it on anything, once I get my PhD, I will. No periods.

     

    Edited: I just checked my bosses business card… he has Ph.D. listed. I think it can go either way as far as the periods go.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by  SithLady.
    Post # 12
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    3812 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    SithLady:  MsGinkgo:  People use them both ways, but periods make me cringe (I’m an editor, so things like that jump out at me.) To be fair, AP style uses periods, I believe, but I know Chicago style does not.

    Post # 13
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    1437 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    FI is a DO (osteopath) and spells it like that – no periods. He only uses it after his name in professional correspondence, though; never personal (we didn’t put “__________, DO” or “Dr. _________” on our wedding invitations or anything).

    I’m really not sure when it comes to bachelor’s degrees because I’ve never seen anybody include that in their signature – but I’m sure either way is fine.

    Post # 14
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    8377 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Everyone I work with has advanced degrees.  I see both Ph.D. and PhD (among others).  I would guess in fairly equal amounts.  I believe both are correct.

    I usually don’t see the specific degree on bachelors, just BA, BS.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a specific degree like BES or BLA listed.  I do see some like MFA, or MPH which are masters levels that are somewhat specific.  But that is the actual degree.

    Post # 15
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    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Everyone in my field used M.S. CCC-SLP and I’ve only seen M.D. not MD so idk! 

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