I've seen people using "a/an" before MA, BA, B.Tech, BE, MBA, etc. I want to know if "a/an" is always necessary to be used before the names of courses or degrees. Is it incorrect if I write MA without the indefinite article "a/an"?Are the following sentences correct or incorrect?

I want to do MA.

I am doing B.tech.

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    In American English, we don't "do" a degree, we "get" a degree. Jun 21 '15 at 15:54

Yes, use of the indefinite article is certainly most common before the names of such qualifications:

I want to do an MA. I am doing a BTEC (or B.tech).

It seems incorrect to me to not use an indefinite article before them.

This is because they are shortened versions of the real words (MA = Master of Arts, for example), and we have omitted the word 'degree' or 'qualification' after them.


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