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Degrees and affiliations

Periods are not used in short-forms for degrees.

The university follows the standard set by the Association of Commonwealth Universities:

  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • BASc - Bachelor of Applied Science
  • BCom - Bachelor of Commerce
  • BEd - Bachelor of Education
  • BIT - Bachelor of Information Technology
  • BEng - Bachelor of Engineering
  • BEng and Mgt - Bachelor of Engineering and Management
  • BHSc - Bachelor of Health Science
  • BSc - Bachelor of Science
  • BSc and Mgt - Bachelor of Science and Management
  • BScN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MA - Master of Arts
  • MASc - Master of Applied Science
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • MEng - Master of Engineering
  • MHSc - Master of Health Sciences
  • MSc - Master of Science
  • PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

Only the highest designation and credentials will be used in marketing materials and on business cards.

When referencing a degree generally use master’s or bachelor’s degree. Formal use should reference the full name.

For example: Joe Green received his bachelor’s degree at Ontario Tech University. Joe Green received his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Ontario Institute of Technology. But: Joe Green, BA, said he loved Ontario Tech University.

Never include a title and its related degree in the same sentence. Use of the title is preferred.

For example: Dr. Tarlochan Sidhu is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (not Dr. Tarlochan Sidhu, PhD, is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science).

Common credentials

  • ART: Advanced Registered Technologist
  • CA: Chartered Accountant
  • CC: Companion of the Order of Canada
  • CCHIM: Canadian College of Health Information Management
  • CDE: Canadian Diabetes Educator
  • CEng: Chartered Engineer
  • CHIM: Certified Health Information Management
  • CNCC(C): Certified Nurse in Critical Care (Canada)
  • DC: Detective Constable
  • DC: Doctor of Chiropractic
  • FASME: Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • FCA(Cdn): Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • FCAE: Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering
  • FCSME: Fellow of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • FDC: Fellow of Dietitians of Canada
  • FEIC: Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada
  • FIEEE: Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • FIEF: Fellow of the International Energy Foundation
  • FIMechE: Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • FRS: Fellow of the Royal Society
  • FRSCan: Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • GNC(C): Gerontological Nurse Certification (Canada)
  • MC: Member of the Order of Canada
  • MD: Doctor of Medicine
  • MLT: Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • NP: Nurse Practitioner
  • OC: Officer of the Order of Canada
  • OIQ: Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
  • OOnt: Member of the Order of Ontario
  • OT: Occupational Therapist
  • PEng: Professional Engineer
  • PMP: Project Management Professional
  • RD: Registered Dietitian
  • RN: Registered Nurse
  • RN(EC): Registered Nurse – Extended Class
  • RPN: Registered Practical Nurse
  • SMIEEE: Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers