alumnus: male singular
alumni: male plural or combined male and female plural
alumna: female singular
alumnae: female plural
Academic degrees may be spelled out using initial caps or abbreviated without periods using all caps; e.g.:
Bachelor of Science or BS
Master of Science or MS
Bachelor of Fine Arts or BFA
Include periods for Ph.D. and similar compound abbreviations:
Doctor of Philosophy or Ph.D.
Master of Education or M.Ed.
Use an apostrophe in bachelor’s and master’s, etc. (as possessive), but not in Bachelor of Arts or Master of Science (no possessive). Note that associate degree is not possessive.
Formal names of degrees are capitalized. Informal references to degrees are not capitalized; e.g.:
She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Incarnate Word.
When listing degrees with alumni names: the preferred order is: year, capitalized degree abbreviation, discipline (if listed, lowercase unless a national reference); e.g.:
Jacob Dougherty ’95 BA, history
Jacob Dougherty ’95 BA, English
The use of parentheses around degree information is optional.
Capitalize academic programs/majors, course titles and co-curricular programs.
The word program should not be capitalized unless part of the formal title; e.g.:
The Master of Business Administration program…
The Adult Degree Completion Program…
Semester designations should be capitalized only when referring to a specific year; e.g.:
The seminar course was offered only in the Fall 2006 term.
The seminar course is offered each spring semester.