Capitalisation of degrees? I'm confused

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TeacherGal
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Capitalisation of degrees? I'm confused

Post by TeacherGal »

Yes, I've Googled but still unsure.

In the sentence below is 'master's of education' correctly written with an apostrophe and no capitalisation?

I graduated with a master’s of education from The University of Sydney.

Heliotrope
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Re: Capitalisation of degrees? I'm confused

Post by Heliotrope »

The correct way to spell master’s degree is with the apostrophe, and with a lower case m.
The s in master’s indicates a possessive (the degree of a master), not a plural.

However, if you’re speaking of a specific degree, you should capitalize both Master & Education (Master of Education) and avoid creating a possessive.

You could say:
"I graduated (with) a Master of Education from The University of Sydney" or "I obtained my Master of Education from The University of Sydney" or "I was awarded a Master of Education from The University of Sydney"

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/masters-degree/

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No apostrophe, capitalize Master and Education, "I graduated with a Master of Education from The University of Sydney".

Illiane_Blues
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Re: Capitalisation of degrees? I'm confused

Post by Illiane_Blues »

I was a bit confused about the same when I updated my CV years ago.
What Heliotrope says is correct.

TeacherGal
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Re: Capitalisation of degrees? I'm confused

Post by TeacherGal »

Thanks, everyone.

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