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what does ms after your name mean

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.