10 Common Differences Between a Graduate and an Undergraduate


Common Differences Between a Graduate and an Undergraduate… A significant fact makes an individual, a thing and a group of people different from another, so as various levels in education and academic pursuit distinguishes a set of people from another. Educational levels come with certain terminologies one of which includes graduate and undergraduates.

Graduate School. A graduate school is one which gives various recognized award of degree to its graduate students. These award degree ranging from bachelors degree to masters degree and then PhD degree. All this are different degrees that graduate students are to attain in every graduate school.

Graduate student. A graduate or a “grad student” is a student who, having attained  a bachelors degree in one field of study, now pursues a master’s or “graduate degree” in a 1-6 year graduate school program that is usually completed in 2-3 years.

A graduate study can also be referred to as postgraduate study. Graduate students tend to require a higher level of understanding, greater independence and more particular knowledge than undergraduate students.

Undergraduate Students. An undergraduate or an “undergrad” is a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree (usually 4 years) at any college or university of one’s choice or a 2-year associate’s degree program at a college, community college or vocational/technical school.

An undergraduate is said to be a student still undergoing one of the four years program in any university. They are called undergraduates because they have not completed their first four years program, and will be tagged as graduates when they acquire a degree in their first program.

The difference between graduate students and undergraduate students ranges from mode admission to mode of registration, from mode of registration to mode of study, from amount of tuition fee to allocation of time for study, from time of study to research procedure and from admission requirement to type of degree acquired and to number of courses studied

1. Mode of Admission.  

Mode of admission among this distinct levels of academics vary as the mode of admission into the undergraduate school  is tedious and requires the undergraduate students presence as compared to the graduate mode of entry into school.

An undergraduate is required to attain the West African examination council result or a high school passing out result, the Joint matriculation examination board and series of examinations accompanied by these ones, meanwhile a graduates most important criteria into getting admitted is that there should be a completion of the bachelors degree program.

2. Mode of Course Details.

Usually, undergraduates have to study a maximum of 10 and minimum of 4 courses per semester which would likely include general and borrowed courses. Meanwhile, graduates usually have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4.

Among the graduate student, there is a close relationship between students and tutors because of the number of students involved as against the undergraduate who are larger in number and just get in close contact with the tutor only on special and rare occasions. Undergraduates are usually larger in number that the graduate students.

3. Mode of Study.

The mode of study of the graduates vary from that of the undergraduate students. Graduates are not required to stay in the university as often as the undergraduates who have to be present to all class activities.

Timetable for the graduate students are not as demanding and complex as the undergraduate students meaning that the undergraduate students have to always be present in school unlike the graduate who may even decide to take a class from home.

Undergraduate classes are usually more individualized and the graduate class less individualized. While the undergraduate has to learn a multiplicity of courses as general education requirements, the graduate has to only center on one field and undergo an intense study of that field.

4. Mode of Tuition.

The tuition few among this two levels of academics is not an exception in variation, as the tuition few for the graduate students is not as high as that of the undergraduate students at the end of the course of study, more so the undergraduate students are likely to assess scholarships since they are more avenue for that than the graduate students.

5. Mode of Research.

During the course of study, they are bound to be research works in this various levels of academics in the higher institution, but the mode and level of research work in these levels varies a lot.

For the graduate students, the need to present an intense and detailed research work to the tutor, meanwhile that of the undergraduate students is not as intense as the graduate as they are most times assumed not to be well acquainted in making and writing research topics. Graduate students are more research oriented while the undergraduate more of project oriented.

6. Mode of Choice of Course.

In most universities, the undergraduates choice of study is not usually limited as there are numerous choice of department to enroll in. meanwhile, there are usually not as any department or courses to chose from in the graduate studies program.

7. Type of Degree Attained.

An undergraduate student usually attain and acquire a bachelors degree in their choice of course of study meanwhile the graduate students acquires either a masters degree or a PhD In their choice of course of study. A graduate degree is not common as undergraduate who become graduates do not often want to further become a graduates.

8. Choice of Degree.

At the end of completion in these various levels of academics, a graduate students obtains a doctoral degree meanwhile an undergraduate student has to attain a masters degree after acquiring a bachelors degree.

9. Entitlements.

A linguist or a doctor is said to be a doctor only if he or she has completed their degree meanwhile students studying linguistics are addressed as undergraduates.

10. Flexibility.

It is relatively easy to change undergraduate major subject and to move to another or move to another school after having to start the previous institution. It is more difficult to make such changes in the graduate program.



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