Glossary of Terms

Abbreviation or Term Description
AET

Associate of Engineering Technology

AS

Associate of Science

AuD

Doctor of Audiology

BA

Bachelor of Arts

BBA

Bachelor of Business Administration

BDIC

BDIC, Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration, is an interdisciplinary academic program at UMass Amherst, which allows undergraduate students the opportunity to design their own individualized courses of studies. The academic paths these students take are many and varied; students may design unique concentrations, explore themes or focus on educational and career goals.

BET

Bachelor of Engineering Technology

BFA

Bachelor of Fine Arts

BGS

Bachelor of General Studies

BIT

Bachelor of Industrial Technology

BLA

Bachelor of Liberal Arts

BMus

Bachelor of Music

BS

Bachelor of Science

BSE

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

CAGS

Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies

CIP Code

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code was originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). It is a universally applicable  (to US institutions), taxonomy-based numbering scheme that is used to identify, define, and present academic programs or academic fields of study.

Concentration

Usually a special sub-plan offering that exists within a given Major; it can be independent of a Major as well

DNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice

DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

EdD

Doctor of Education

EdS

Education Specialist

EnD

Doctor of Engineering

Exploratory Track

The Exploratory Track program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a program for students who do not have a declared major. It will assist them with their consideration and ultimate declaration of a major based on their interest, eligibility, and academic proficiency. These students will benefit from working closely with academic advisors to explore potential majors within their collegiate unit and across campus. The following Exploratory Tracks are available: Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Public Health and Health Sciences, Education, Computing and Informatics, Business, and Engineering.

JD

Juris Doctor

MA

Master of Art

Major

A main or primary area of academic specialization that leads to a degree

MAT

Master of Art in Teaching

MBA

Master of Business Administration

MD

Doctor of Medicine

MEd

Master of Education

MFA

Master of Fine Arts

Minor

An optional, secondary area of academic specialization

MLA

Master of Liberal Arts

MM

Master of Music

MPA

Master of Public Administration

MPH

Master of Public Health

MPP

Master of Public Policy

MPPA

Master of Public Policy and Administration

MRP

Master of Regional Planning

MS

Master of Science

MSAcctg

Masters in Accounting

MSCE

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

MSCh

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

MSE

Master of Science in Engineering

MSECE

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

MSEE

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

MSEngMgt

Master of Science in Engineering Management

MSEnvE

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering

MSIEOR

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operational Res

MSManE

Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering

MSME

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Option

Usually a special sub-plan offering that exists within a given Major; it can be independent of a Major as well

PharmD

Doctor of Pharmacy

PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program of Study (UMass Boston)

 A coherent grouping of 6 or more courses at the undergraduate level  offered by an academic department or by several academic programs. A program of study may be Interdisciplinary or skill oriented and must include at least 2 courses at the 100 level and at least 2 courses at the 300 level or higher. The completion of a Program of Study will be reflected on the student transcript.

Program of Study (UMass Dartmouth)

A specialized area of study at the graduate level

PSM

Professional Science Masters

ScD

Doctor of Science

Track

Usually a special sub-plan offering that exists within a given Major; it can be independent of a Major as well

Undergraduate to Graduate

Undergraduate to Graduate degree programs, also known as accelerated master’s or 4 + 1 programs, are explicit arrangements between specified undergraduate and graduate programs that allow students to complete both degrees in less calendar time than would be required through normal sequential enrollment. The reduction in calendar time does not result from a reduction in courses or content.

UWW

UWW, University Without Walls, is an academic major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst designed to help adults complete first bachelor's degree at a world-class public university. Students design their own program of study and take online, blended, or on-campus courses to complete their degree.