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Jan 30 2009   3:28PM GMT

Writing for Business – apostrophes in academic degrees?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
The successful candidate will have a ___________ in Communications.
a. master’s degree
b. masters degree

Answer: a

Explanation: Apostrophes indicate possession (or contraction). In this case, the apostrophe indicates that the degree belongs to the master. (Source: AP style guide)

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