Master of Arts, Master of Science
A master’s degree or a master’s is acceptable in any reference. Also, see academic degrees.
A word such as physician or surgeon is preferred. (The periods in the abbreviation are an exception to Webster’s New World College Dictionary.) Also, see Capitalization, academic degrees.
Do not put a 12 in front of it. It is part of the day that is ending, not the one that is beginning. Also, see noon.
Use figures with million or billion in all except casual uses: The nation has 1 million citizens. But: I'd like to make a billion dollars.
The rules in prefixes apply, but in general, no hyphen: miniseries, minivan, miniskirt.
Capitalize the names of months in all uses. When a month is used with a specific date, abbreviate only Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. Spell out when using alone, or with a year alone. When a phrase lists only a month and a year, do not separate the year with commas. When a phrase refers to a month, day, and year, set off the year with commas.
Examples: January 1972 was a cold month. Jan. 2 was the coldest day of the month. His birthday is May 8. Feb. 14, 1987, was the target date. She testified that it was Friday, Dec. 3, when the accident occurred.
In tabular material, use these three-letter forms without a period: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec.
The rules in prefixes apply, but in general, no hyphen: multicolored, multilateral.
- If the instrumentation is not part of the title but is added for explanatory purposes, the names of the instruments are lowercased: Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major (the common title) for violin and viola. If in doubt, lowercase the names of the instruments.
- Use quotation marks for nonmusical terms in a title: Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony. If the work has a special full title, all of it is quoted: “Symphonie Fantastique,” “Rhapsody in Blue.”
- In subsequent references, lowercase symphony, concerto, etc.