Graduate school

school that awards advanced academic degrees (i.e. master's and doctoral degrees) with the general requirement that students must have earned a previous undergraduate (bachelor's) degree
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A graduate school (or grad school) is a school that gives advanced academic degrees, such as master's degrees (M.S. or MBA ...) and doctoral degrees (Ph.D. or L.L.D. or D.D.S. etc.). A graduate student (or grad student) is a student who goes to the school. Also, in British English, the phrase "postgraduate student" is more common.

Usually, students must have an bachelor's degree before beginning graduate school. A graduate school is not always a separate school.

The term "graduate school" could be confusing because the verb "graduate" is also used to mean completing high school education or a bachelor's degree. The verb infinitive "to graduate" is used for all those types of schools, but the meaning of the adjective "graduate" is changed to mean "postgraduate" in the term "graduate school". The small change in meaning can be viewed with an air of sophistication, where experienced students are often more aware of the issue, while novice students might not be aware, as being more naive.

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