Properly Write Your Degree

The correct way to communicate your degree to employers and others is by using the following formats:

Degree - This is the academic degree you are receiving. Your major is in addition to the degree; it can be added to the phrase or written separately.  Include the full name of your degree, major(s), minor(s), emphases, and certificates on your resume.

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree
    Major: English

Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science Degree
  • Master of Arts Degree
  • Master of Education Degree
  • Master of Business Administration


  • Master of Arts Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Master of Education Degree
    Specialization: Secondary Education


Double Majors - You will not be receiving two bachelor's degrees if you double major. Your primary major determines the degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science). If you're not fully sure which of your majors is primary, check CheckMarq or call the registrar's office.


Primary Major: Psychology; Secondary Major: Marketing

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology & Marketing


Primary Major: Marketing; Secondary Major: Psychology

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing & Psychology


In a letter, you may shorten your degree by writing it this way:

  • In May 20XX, I will graduate with my Bachelor's degree in International Affairs.
  • In December 20XX, I will graduate with my Master's degree in Counseling Education.


Not sure which degree you are graduating with? Here is a list of Undergraduate Majors and corresponding degrees: