*Note that we differ from AP Style.
To establish a person’s credentials, the preferred form is to use a phrase, not an abbreviation.
Example: Susan Smith, who has a master’s degree in public health, is the keynote speaker.
Correct usage (omit periods in abbreviations):
- associate’s degree
- bachelor’s degree or Bachelor of Arts or BA (Instead of: B.A.)
- master’s degree or Master of Public Health or MPH (Instead of: M.P.H.),
- Master of Science, MSc or MS
- doctorate or PhD (Instead of: Ph.D.)
Use abbreviations only after a full name and set them off by commas.
Example: Susan Smith, MPH, spoke first.
Don’t precede a name with an academic degree title and then follow it with the degree abbreviation.
Example: Doctor Jones was the speaker (Instead of: Doctor Jones, MD, was the speaker.)