Q: Is it acceptable to list an MBA degree on business cards? I received a master’s in business 10 years ago, and at that time it was never done. Now I see MBAs popping up everywhere, right next to MD, JD, CPA, CFA, and other professional designations.
A: I wouldn’t put MBA on my card anymore that I would put Peter Post, BS (which some people misinterpret). It just seems a bit tacky to me. Your business card is not a personal advertisement or curriculum vitae. It’s a way to give information about you so that people can get in touch with you, and it defines your position. If, on the other hand, you have a professional credential that relates directly to your expertise – CPA for a certified public accountant, or CFP for certified financial planner – then this does belong on your business card.