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Graduate Degree

What does the academic term Graduate Degree mean in higher education?

Graduate Degree

Graduate Degree definition

Short Definition

Graduate Degree is an advanced degree awarded to students who have completed a program of graduate-level coursework and research.

In-depth Overview

Graduate Degree

Long definition: A Graduate Degree, also known as a Postgraduate Degree, is an advanced academic qualification obtained by individuals who have completed a prescribed course of study beyond the undergraduate level. These degrees are typically earned at the master's or doctoral level and are offered in various fields of study, including arts, sciences, business and more. Graduate degrees require a high level of specialization and often involve research, thesis or dissertation work and comprehensive examinations.

Etymology: The term "graduate" signifies that this degree is awarded at the postgraduate level, following the completion of a bachelor's degree. The word "degree" comes from the Latin word "gradus", meaning "step" or "degree of rank".

Synonyms or related academic terms: Postgraduate Degree, Master's Degree (for master's level), Doctoral Degree (for doctoral level).

Examples of Use:

  • She pursued a Graduate Degree in Computer Science to enhance her career prospects.
  • After completing his Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, he decided to pursue a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Doctoral candidates typically spend several years conducting research and writing a dissertation as part of their pursuit of a Graduate Degree.

Spanish: Título de Posgrado
French: Diplôme d'Études Supérieures
German: Graduiertenabschluss
Italian: Laurea Magistrale
Portuguese: Grau de Pós-Graduação
Japanese: 大学院学位 (Daigakuin Gakui)
Chinese (Simplified): 研究生学位 (Yánjiūshēng Xuéwèi)
Hindi: स्नातकोत्तर डिग्री (Snātakottar Ḍigrī)

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Graduate Degree

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