How to display degree letters after your name

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How to display degree letters after your name
Medical doctors with a Doctor of Medicine degree have abbreviations of M.D. after their names. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

In letters for business and formal presentations, indicating a degree or professional title you have earned can define your credentials and display your rank. Although the degree etiquette can seem like self-flattery, the countless hours of studying and hard work means you deserve the distinction. By knowing the proper abbreviations for your degree or title, you can add a few important letters after your name to make you stand out from the crowd.

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    Displaying degree letters after your name

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    Assess your highest degree. If you hold multiple degrees of different ranking levels, include the highest degree level earned for the particular field. For example, a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree outranks an undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. If you have obtained both, list the dominate degree after your name.

    How to display degree letters after your name
    List your dominant degree after your name (Jupiterimages/ Images)
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    Write the abbreviation with the correct punctuation. For example, "Ph.D." represents the abbreviation for a Doctor of Philosophy degree, "M.B.A." represents a Masters of Business Administration degree, and so forth.

    How to display degree letters after your name
    Write the abbreviation properly with correct puncuation (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)
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    Write your first and last name, followed by a comma and the correct abbreviation. For example, a medical doctor would have the title "John Smith, M.D."

    How to display degree letters after your name
    Make sure there is a comma after your name and before the degree abbreviations (Jeffrey Hamilton/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • If you would like to list two degrees after your name, you can insert commas between the two degrees. For example, if John Smith has a Masters of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and is a Registered Nurse (R.N.), his displayed name would be: John Smith, M.S.N., R.N.

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