Graduate vs. Undergraduate

Graduate Education

  • Involves learning and studying for degrees or other qualifications for which a first or Bachelor’s degree generally is required.

Graduate education, graduate school programs, graduate degree all refer to the pursuit of masters, doctoral and professional degrees conferred by a college or university.

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Undergraduate Education

  • Is post-secondary education, after high school;
  • Is up to the level of a bachelor’s degree;
  • Includes all associate degrees, some certificate and licensure programs

Typically an undergraduate (bachelor) degree is required for acceptance into a graduate program.

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GradSchools.com, a graduate school directory, posted this dialogue on their website:

Undergraduate vs. Graduate School: A Professor’s Perspective


Undergraduate vs. Graduate Study: Our Perspective

Most baccalaureate (undergraduate) degrees generally prepare you for life and a professional workforce. The academic skills you’ve acquired throughout your high school years are honed and tweaked to ensure that you are a broadly educated, socially aware, critically thinking, contributor to society.  You’re taught to reason, justify and support your decisions. Through your major you can elect to develop a specialized professional skill set that will give you the fundamental preliminary skills needed to embark upon the career of your choice.

Graduate School on the other hand is all about the mastery of skills and the sustenance of the knowledge.  In graduate school you build upon your existing skills and understanding and are trained to be an authority in your field.  In college, you learn how to do your job but in graduate school you learn about your job/profession through the context of its history, roles, functions and broader implications & impacts.  You learn the conditions necessary for success in a leadership position and you learn how to assess and ensure those conditions as things change and evolve in the world.