I've seen both M.A. and MA used on the web. A friend of mine proofread my paper and she changed my M.A. to MA, so that got me wondering if it matters at all. This is for an application that I am submitting by the way. On to my point... I need admissions to know that I am a degree seeking student, but after perfecting my piece I do not have any room to write it as such. I have room to say something like this (made up for now): I plan to obtain an MA. I want to know if there are any rules against writing MA or M.A. by itself without specifically writing MA in Writing or M.A. in writing. I also want to know if MA by itself stands, or does it look confusing and needs dots in between. Thanks so much. I know I didn't do the best job explaining.