Important Education Abbreviations

List of Commonly Used Abbreviations

In Everyday Conversation

Written and verbal communication often includes these abbreviations:

  • R.S.V.P. – This acronym means “Répondez s’il vous plait,” French for “respond, if you please.” It is often used on invitations to parties and special events, and is intended (as it says) to be responded to with a “yes, we will attend,” or “no, we will not.”
  • P.S. – Means “post script.” At the end of a letter, people will often include a P.S. to include an extra thought that was intended to be included in the letter, but forgotten. Using a P.S. was more common in typewritten letters, when you couldn’t go back and add a sentence in the body of a letter.
  • A.S.A.P. – “As soon as possible,” used when encouraging someone to respond to a request without delay.
  • E.T.A. – This acronym means “estimated time of arrival,” and is used as a guess for when one expects to arrive while traveling.
  • B.Y.O.B. – “Bring your own bottle” is used for parties where guests are expected to bring their own beverages.
  • D.I.Y. – This acronym stands for “do it yourself,” which means creating something on your own.  It is often used for crafts and home repairs.

States of the United States

Perhaps the most commonly used abbreviations used in the U.S. are found in the names of the 50 states:

  • Alabama – AL
  • Alaska – AK
  • Arizona – AZ
  • Arkansas – AR
  • California – CA
  • Colorado – CO
  • Connecticut – CT
  • Delaware – DE
  • Florida – FL
  • Georgia – GA
  • Hawaii – HI
  • Idaho – ID
  • Illinois – IL
  • Indiana – IN
  • Iowa – IA
  • Kansas – KS
  • Kentucky – KY
  • Louisiana – LA
  • Maine – ME
  • Maryland – MD
  • Massachusetts – MA
  • Michigan – MI
  • Minnesota – MN
  • Mississippi – MS
  • Missouri – MO
  • Montana – MT
  • Nebraska – NE
  • Nevada – NV
  • New Hampshire – NH
  • New Jersey – NJ
  • New Mexico – NM
  • New York – NY
  • North Carolina – NC
  • North Dakota – ND
  • Ohio – OH
  • Oklahoma – OK
  • Oregon – OR
  • Pennsylvania – PA
  • Rhode Island – RI
  • South Carolina – SC
  • South Dakota – SD
  • Tennessee – TN
  • Texas – TX
  • Utah -UT
  • Vermont – VT
  • Virginia – VA
  • Washington – WA
  • West Virginia – WV
  • Wisconsin – WI
  • Wyoming – WY

Abbreviations for Cooking and Baking

Abbreviations are also necessary for measurements for cooking and baking – after all, your cake won’t come out very well if you don’t know the difference between:

  • tsp or t – teaspoon/teaspoons
  • tbs, tbsp or T – tablespoon/tablespoons
  • c – cup/cups
  • gal – gallon
  • lb – pound/pounds
  • pt – pint
  • qt – quart

Map Locations

If you want to find your way around, you better know location abbreviations such as:

  • Ave – avenue
  • Blvd – boulevard
  • Ln – lane
  • Rd – road
  • St – street

Educational Degrees and Job Titles

Abbreviations often show up in describing educational degrees and job titles. For example:

  • BA – Bachelor of Arts
  • BS – Bachelor of Science
  • MA – Master of Arts
  • M.PHIL or MPHIL – Master of Philosophy
  • JD – Juris Doctor
  • DC – Doctor of Chiropractic
  • PA – Personal Assistant
  • MD – Managing Director
  • VP – Vice President
  • SVP – Senior Vice President
  • EVP – Executive Vice President
  • CMO – Chief Marketing Officer
  • CFO – Chief Financial Officer
  • CEO – Chief Executive Officer

Internet Chat

The advent of the Internet has brought about a whole new range of abbreviations we may use in our daily life. Among these abbreviations, online chat has evolved and created a language of its own, made up almost entirely of abbreviations. For example:

  • ACE  – a cool experience
  • AD – awesome dude
  • AFAIK – as far as I know
  • AFK – away from keyboard
  • ANI – age not important
  • BRB – be right back
  • CUL – see you later
  • CWYL – chat with you later
  • IIRC – if I recall/remember correctly
  • IQ – ignorance quotient
  • LOL – laugh-out-loud
  • NP – no problem
  • ROFL – rolling on the floor laughing
  • TY – thank you
  • WC – wrong conversation

These are just a handful of innumerable abbreviations that are used in chat language.

Alphabet Agencies

During the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created a number of agencies to stimulate job growth in the United States. Known as “alphabet agencies,” these are some of the most famous abbreviations today.

  • AAA – The Agricultural Adjustment Act. This act was created in 1933 to compensate farmers for not planting crops as a way to increase the demand for certain agricultural products and raise prices. By 1936, the Supreme Court ruled that the act was to be voided.
  • CCC – The Civilian Conservation Corps. Single men between the ages of 18 and 25 were selected to form this corps, which would work on conserving the wildlife and national preservation areas, in addition to planting trees and fighting erosion.
  • CWA – The Civil Works Administration. Four million people were employed by the CWA to work in renovation and construction jobs such as building repair, road building, and other infrastructural work. However, some of the jobs provided by the CWA were considered useless, such as employing people to rake leaves.
  • FDIC – The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Since banks were widely distrusted after the many bank failures during the depression, this alphabet agency was created to encourage public confidence in saving money in banks by insuring customers against losses of up to $5,000 if the bank would happen to fail.
  • FHA – The Federal Housing Administration. This organization was created to help people secure loans to buy houses.
  • NRA – The National Recovery Administration. In 1933, Roosevelt helped create the NRA was an attempt to aid deflation and encourage market competition, in order to restore the economy. Unfortunately, the administration did not stimulate industrial production, although investor and consumer confidence were restored.
  • SSA – The Social Security Administration. The Social Security Act, administered by the Social Security Administration, created a national pension for retired people as well as unemployment insurance and government aid for single mothers, children, and handicapped persons. The SSA exists even today.

Understanding Latin-based Abbreviations

Looking at Latin, the root of the English language, is a good way to decipher abbreviations. The most popular abbreviations that we use in our day to day life are derived from this ancient language. For example:

  • AM, which we use to denote morning, is an abbreviation for ante meridian, and PM stands for post meridian.
  • The era in which we live, AD, is actually an abbreviation for Anno Domini, or “The Year of Our Lord.”

Latin has also gifted us with other abbreviations that we use so frequently that at times, we seem to forget what they stand for such as:

  • When someone quotes an example and uses the abbreviation e.g. to express it, it stands for exampli gratia, which means, “example given.”
  • Also, i.e., another equally popular abbreviation we use in daily life, stands for id est, meaning, “that is.”
  • “Etc”, which is used also used often, is short for etcetera, which means “and other things.”
  • Another popular Latin abbreviation we use in our daily life is “viz”, which stands for videlicet, meaning “namely.”
  • Other popular Latin abbreviations include n.b which is written at the end of a communication. It stands for nota bene, which means “take notice,” or “note well.”

Abbreviations have become an inalienable part of our lives. In other words, almost anything you want to do will require you to know an abbreviation or two.

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Important Education Abbreviations


AICTEAll India Council for Technical Education.
ALISEAssociation for Library and Information Science Education.
APAAmerican Psychological Association.
B.ABachelor of Arts.
B.A.EBachelor of Arts in Education.
B.AgBachelor of Agriculture.
B.A.MBachelor of Applied Mathematics.
B.ArchBachelor of Architecture.
B.B.ABachelor of Business Administration.
B.C.EBachelor of Civil Engineering.
B.Ch.EBachelor of Chemical Engineering.
BCIBar Council of India.
B.C.LBachelor of Canon Law.
B.DBachelor of Divinity.
B.EBachelor of Education or Bachelor of Engineering.
B.E.EBachelor of Electrical Engineering.
B.FBachelor of Forestry.
B.F.ABachelor of Fine Arts.
B.JBachelor of Journalism.
B.L.SBachelor of Liberal Studies or Bachelor of Library Science.
B.LitBachelor of Literature.
B.LittBachelor of Letters.
B.MBachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of Music.
B.M.SBachelor of Marine Science.
BMSBachelor of Management Studies.
B.NBachelor of Nursing.
B.PharmBachelor of Pharmacy.
B.R.EBachelor of Religious Education.
B.SBachelor of Science.
B.S.EdBachelor of Science in Education.
B.TechBachelor of Technology.
CBSECentral Board of Secondary Education.
CDCCurriculum Development Committee.
C.ECivil Engineer.
CEPContinuing Education Programme.
Ch.EChemical Engineer.
CIETCentral Institute of Educational Technology.
CLIScCertificate Course in Library and Information Science.
CLSCertificate in Library Science.
CSIRCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research.
CVCurriculum Vitae.
D.ADoctor of Arts.
D.A.SDoctor of Applied Science.
D.B.ADoctor of Business Administration.
D.CDoctor of Chiropractic.
D.DDoctor of Divinity.
DEAFDepositors Education Awareness Fund.
D.D.SDoctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Science.
D.EdDoctor of Education.
DECDistance Education Council.
DESIDOCDefense Scientific Information and Documentation Center.
D.LLDoctor of Laws.
DLScDiploma in Library Science.
DLISDepartment of Library and Information Science.
D.JDoctor of Laws.
D.J.SDoctor of Juristic Science.
D.L.HDoctor of Humane Letters.
D.L.SDoctor of Library Science.
D.M.DDoctor of Dental Medicine.
D.ODoctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
D.M.SDoctor of Medical Science.
D.P.ADoctor of Public Administration.
D.P.HDoctor of Public Health.
DRTCDocumentation Research and Training Center.
D.R.EDoctor of Religious Education.
D.S.WDoctor of Social Welfare or Doctor of Social Work.
D.ScDoctor of Science.
D.V.MDoctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Ed.DDoctor of Education.
Ed.SEducation Specialist.
EDRSEducation Document Retrieval Service.
E.EElectrical Engineer.
E.MEngineer of Mines.
E.MetEngineer of Metallurgy.
ERICEducational Resources Information Center.
ETSEducational Testing Service.
FERPAFamily Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
GATEGraduate Aptitude Test in Engineering.
GIACGlobal Initiative for Academic Networks.
GMATGraduate Management Admission Test.
GPAGrade Point Average.
GREGraduate Record Examinations.
HSCHigher Secondary Certificate.
IASLICIndian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centers.
IATLISIndian Association of Teachers in Library and Information Science.
ICACInternational Council of Adult Education.
ICSEIndian Certificate of Secondary Education.
ICSSRIndian Council of Social Science Research.
ICTInformation and Communication Technology.
I.EIndustrial Engineer or Industrial Engineering.
IESInstitute of Educational Sciences.
IESIndian Engineering Services.
IFLAInternational Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.
IITIndian Institute of Technology.
ILAIndian Library Association.
INSDOCIndian National Scientific Documentation Center.
IQIntelligence Quotient.
ISCIndian School Certificate.
ISEETIndian Science Engineering Eligibility Test.
LALearning Assistance.
LACLearning Assistance Center.
LASSLearning Assistance Support System.
LASSILearning & Study Strategies Inventory.
LCLCLearning Center Leadership Certification.
LEPLimited English Proficient.
LMSLearning Management System.
LSCLearning Support Center.
LSCHELearning Support Centers in Higher Education.
LCSHLibrary of Congress Subject Heading.
LIS Library and Information Science.
LKGLower Kinder Garten.
LLBBachelor of Laws.
M.LLMaster of Laws.
M.AMaster of Arts.
M.Aero.EMaster of Aeronautical Engineering.
MATManagement Aptitude Test.
M.B.AMaster of Business Administration.
MBBSBachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery.
M.C.EMaster of Christian Education or Master of Civil Engineering.
MCIMedical Council of India.
M.C.SMaster of Computer Science.
M.DDoctor of Medicine.
M.DivMaster of Divinity.
M.EMaster of Engineering.
M.EdMaster of Education.
M.EngMaster of Engineering.
M.F.AMaster of Fine Arts.
M.H.AMaster of Hospital Administration.
MLAModern Library Association.
MLIScMaster of Library and Information Science.
M.L.SMaster of Library Science.
M.LittMaster of Letters.
M.MMaster of Music.
M.M.EMaster of Mechanical Engineering or Master of Music Education.
M.MusMaster of Music.
M.NMaster of Nursing.
M.PhilMaster of Philosophy.
M.R.EMaster of Religious Education.
M.SMaster of Science.
M.S.WMaster of Social Work.
M.ThMaster of Theology.
NAACNational Assessment and Accreditation Council.
NADENational Association for Developmental Education.
NCERTNational Council of Educational Research and Training.
NASSDOCNational Social Science Documentation Center.
NCLCANational College Learning Center Association.
NCTENational Council of Teachers of English.
NCTMNational Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
NISODNational Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.
NODANational Orientation Directors Association.
NCHERNational Commission for Higher Education and Research.
NCTENational Council for Teachers Education.
NEETNational Eligibility
NIITNational Institute of Information Technology.
NISCAIRNational Institute for Science Communication and Information Resources.
NMATNarsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test.
NRCNational Reading Conference.
Nuc.ENuclear Engineer.
O.DDoctor of Optometry.
Pharm.DDoctor of Pharmacy.
Ph.BBachelor of Philosophy.
Ph.DDoctor of Philosophy.
PGDIT Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology.
PGDLANPost Graduate Diploma in Library Automation and Networking.
Ph.DDoctorate in Philosophy.
RIERegional Institute of Education.
RRRLFRaja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation.
S.BBachelor of Science.
Sc.DDoctor of Science.
S.J.DDoctor of Juridical Science or Doctor of the Science of Law.
S.Sc.DDoctor of Social Science.
SSLCSecondary School Leaving Certificate.
S.T.BBachelor of Sacred Theology.
S.T.DDoctor of Sacred Theology.
S.T.MMaster of Sacred Theology.
Th.BBachelor of Theology.
Th.DDoctor of Theology.
Th.MMaster of Theology.
TGTTrained Graduate Teacher.
TOEFLTest Of English as a Foreign Language.
UGCUniversity Grants Commission.
Associate of ArtsAA or A.A.
Brevet d’études professionnelles (France)BEP
Certificat d’aptitude professionnelle (France)CAP
Diploma of ArtsDip.Arts
Diploma of Language StudiesDip.Lang.Stud.
Diploma of LanguagesDip.Lang
Diploma of Social SciencesDip.Soc.Sc.
Diploma of EducationDip.Ed
Diploma of MusicDip.Mus.

Bachelor’s Degree[edit]

Bachelor of ArtsBA, B.A., AB, A.B. or B.Arts
Bachelor of AccountancyBAcy or B.Acy.
Bachelor of AccountingBAcc or B.Acc.
Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary BioscienceB.An.Vet.Bio.Sc.
Bachelor of Applied ScienceB.App.Sc.
Bachelor of ArchitectureBArch or B.Arch.
Bachelor of Business AdministrationBBA or B.B.A.
Bachelor of Civil EngineeringBCE or B.C.E.
Bachelor of CommerceBComm or B.Comm., or BCom or B.Com.
Bachelor of CommunicationsB.Comm.
Bachelor of Dental MedicineBDM or B.D.M.
Bachelor of Dental ScienceBDSc or B.D.Sc.
Bachelor of Dental SurgeryBDS or B.D.S.; or BChD or B.Ch.D.
Bachelor of DentistryBDent or B.Dent.
Bachelor of DesignBDes or B.Des.
Bachelor of Design ComputingB.Des.Comp.
Bachelor of Design in ArchitectureB.Des.Arch.
Bachelor of EducationBEd or B.Ed.
Bachelor of EngineeringBEng or B.Eng., or BE or B.E
Bachelor of Electronic CommerceBEC or B.E-COM.
Bachelor of Electrical EngineeringBEE or B.E.E.
Bachelor of Fine ArtsBFA or B.F.A.
Bachelor of Health SciencesB.Hlth.Sci
Bachelor of Information TechnologyBIT or B.I.T.
Bachelor of International and Global StudiesBIGS or B.I.G.S.
Bachelor of LawLLB or LL.B.
Bachelor of Liberal Arts and SciencesBLAS or B.L.A.S.
Bachelor of Library ScienceBLib or B.Lib., or BLS or B.L.S.
Bachelor of LiteratureBLit or B.Lit.
Bachelor of MathematicsBMath or B.Math
Bachelor of Mechanical EngineeringBME or B.M.E.
Bachelor of Medical ScienceB.Med.Sc.
Bachelor of MedicineMB or M.B.
Bachelor of Music StudiesB.Mus.Studies
Bachelor of NursingBN or B.N.
Bachelor of PharmacyB.Pharm.
Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social SciencesB.P.E.S.S.
Bachelor of Resource EconomicsB.Res.Ec.
Bachelor of Science(US) BS or B.S.; (UK) BSc or B.Sc.
Bachelor of Science in NursingBSN
Bachelor of Socio-Legal StudiesBSLS or B.S.L.S.
Bachelor of SurgeryBS or B.S.
Bachelor of Veterinary ScienceB.V.Sc.
Bachelor of Visual ArtsBVA or B.V.A.




Degrees conferred for coursework/research after having attained a bachelor’s degree.

Master of ArtsMA, M.A. or A.M.
Master of Business AdministrationMBA or M.B.A.
Master of CommerceMCom or M.Com
Master of DivinityMDiv or M.Div.
Master of EducationM.Ed.
Master of International StudiesMIS or M.I.S.
Master of LawsLLM or LL.M.
Master of Library ScienceMLS
Master of Liberal ArtsMLA
Master of Science(US) MS or M.S.; (UK) MSc or M.Sc.
Master of Social WorkMSW or M.S.W.
Master of Strategic ForesightMSF or M.S.F.


Generally awarded with a research project and thesis.

Doctor of AudiologyAuD or Au.D.
Doctor of ChiropracticDC or D.C.
Doctor of Dental SurgeryDDS or D.D.S.
Doctor of DivinityDD or D.D.
Doctor of EducationEdD or Ed.D.
Doctor of Jurisprudence (Juris Doctor)JD or J.D.
Doctor of Medical DentistryDMD or D.M.D.
Doctor of MedicineMD or M.D.
Doctor of NaturopathyND or N.D.
Doctor of Nursing PracticeDNP or D.N.P.
Doctor of OptometryOD or O.D.
Doctor of OsteopathyDO or D.O.
Doctor of PharmacyPharmD or Pharm.D.
Doctor of PhilosophyPhD, Ph.D., DPhil, D.Phil., DPh or D.Ph.
Doctor of Physical TherapyDPT or D.P.T.
Doctor of PsychologyPsyD or Psy.D.
Doctor of ScienceDSc or D.Sc.
Doctor of Veterinary MedicineDVM or D.V.M.

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