College degrees can be confusing because of all the acronyms involved. If you meet someone with “MS” behind their name, it means they have a obtained a Master of Science degree. It is a graduate level degree, between a bachelor’s and doctorate.
As you might expect, this degree involves study in an area related to the sciences, such as chemistry, biology, or engineering. Another type of master’s degree is a Master of Arts, or MA, which involves study in topics such as English, the fine arts, or history.
A master’s degree in psychology, for example, is one step below a doctorate and you don’t necessarily need a master’s to go for a Ph.D. or Psy.D. Typically, a student can choose between an MS or an MA in psychology, depending on your particular interest and career goals.