Degrees, Departments and Titles

UT Dallas School Names

The name, spelling and punctuation of the University’s nine schools should be as follows. Note the placement of the commas in the names for the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication and for the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

Academic Degrees

Abbreviated references to degrees are obscure to some readers, especially in the case of academic work in highly specialized areas. To ensure that communications are understandable to audiences on and off campus, spell out the name of the subject or discipline in which the degree was earned: bachelor’s in journalism, master’s in social work, doctorate in chemistry. These degree names are generally in lowercase. Degrees involving languages are an exception:

When degree abbreviations are necessary, the University renders them without periods in an exception to Associated Press style.

References to honorary degrees must specify that the degree was honorary.

It is appropriate to use strings of academic abbreviations and certifications after a name (i.e., Joe Jones, PhD, JD, MBA) only when a publication bears many such names and the shorthand degree references keep the list from becoming any longer than necessary. Use the word Dr. before the full name of a person who has earned a doctoral degree in any subject. In subsequent references, use the scholar’s last name without the title.

Do not use the title Dr. before the names of those who hold honorary degrees.

Academic Departments

Capitalize when it is a formal name and use lowercase otherwise.


Identify all UT Dallas alumni in the article with degree(s) and year(s) conferred placed immediately after the name. Do not punctuate degrees, e.g., PhD, MS, BA, MBA. This is an exception to Associated Press style.


          John S. Smith BS’95, MS’01, PhD’09
          (No spaces offsetting apostrophe)


Capitalize a person’s formal title before his or her name. Use lowercase when the title comes afterward.

Consistency is important. Within a given text, if one person’s title appears in caps before his name, it is generally best to follow suit with the other names and titles in the story.

Formal titles are capitalized when used directly before an individual’s name.

Use lowercase and spell out titles when not used with an individual’s name.

But be wary of placing very long titles before names. The longer they are, the more difficult they are to read. Recasting a sentence can help avoid long strings of proper nouns:

Listing Hierarchy

Listing hierarchy for UT Dallas programs, administrative offices, departments, schools and centers follows standard postal convention. The main subject should appear on top—program, center, person—with the school, department or office that it is a part of below it, followed by The University of Texas at Dallas.

This convention is used on stationery and Web pages. This content is presented in FF Din Pro where possible, with Arial being the default font.