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Anonymous:
Which is correct?

Sam Spade, Ph.D, M.F.A. or

Sam Spade, M.F.A., Ph.D.

Both are terminal degrees for different fields.

The Ph.D. was earned first, the M.F.A. (Masters in Fine Arts) later.

The Ph.D. is not art related.

Why?

Thank you,

Confused
Anonymous:
That's a really good question. Too bad no one responded. I would love to know the answer to that as well.
lowest first, highest last : BA, MA, MFA/MSc, D.Phil/Ph.D.
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Hi,

A few additional comments.

This is a tricky question, and I think there may sometimes be different views on certain aspects of it.

Where degrees are in the same field, only the highest is usually written,

eg not BA, MA, but simply MA.

eg BA, M.Sc.

In the non-academic world, often only the highest is given, eg Ph.D. rather than BA, MA, Ph.D.

Some institutions have their own standards, eg academics at Oxford list non-Oxford degrees and the granting universities in parentheses, following their Oxford degrees, eg MA (Ph.D., Cambridge).

There is also the matter of professional qualifications such as QC (Queen's Counsel) and membership of learned societies, eg FBA (Fellow of the British Academy Academy). I think that with these, we can leave it on the basis that if you have the qualification, you probably know where to put it. Emotion: wink

Best wishes,

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Anonymous:
I have a BSC (hons) degree and a SAC Dip, the degree was first then the diploma but I am in the process of joining goverening bodies for my profession. I am wondering what order do i need to write these titles in and also do i use the titles when filling in forms such as a passport or job application or do i just use them when writing letters. I am confused and cannot find any where online that provides the information.

Thanks,

Vickie Blake
Hi,

I have a BSC (hons) degree and a SAC Dip, the degree was first then the diploma but I am in the process of joining goverening bodies for my profession. I am wondering what order do i need to write these titles in and also do i use the titles when filling in forms such as a passport or job application or do i just use them when writing letters. I am confused and cannot find any where online that provides the information.

The principle of 'lowest first, highest last' was suggested earlier in this thread.

I am currently renewing my passport, and I can tell you that, at least in Canada, educational information is not asked for.

For a job application, in my experience, educational qualifications are dealt with on one's resume/CV.

Generally speaking, people don't seem to list such things after their name when writing letters, with the occasional exceptuion of a doctorate. I guess it woud ultimately depend on what type of letter you are writing, and to whom.

Again generally speaking, such things are more commonly mentioned if you work in an academic setting.

Best wishes, Clive
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Anonymous:
Sorry to interfer in another discussion but I am searching since many days to what correspond the title after the name : P.D.G. Eng. ?

Can someone help me please ?

Thank you.
Anonymous:
The correct order is M.F.A., Ph.D. But truthfully, unless you work in the Fine Arts or trying to get a job in the Fine Arts you should just drop it. Its kind of like having B.S., M.A. after your name, the master degree speaks for itself, just as the Ph.D speak for itself.

Hey sorry I just saw this post a noted no one replied, maybe you already got your answer by now.
Anonymous:
Interesting. What about people with whom has professional licensing that is not of the same education. For example, I graduated with a BA, but I went back to school to get my RN (professional license), but the RN is a associate and not a bachelor's RN?
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