Undergraduate vs. Graduate Studies

Undergraduatevs. Graduate Studies

Undergraduatevs. Graduate Studies

Inthe United States, undergraduate studies may be described as thosecourses undertaken in universities or colleges and requiresapproximate four years to complete. Additionally, 2-year associate’sdegree programs at community colleges or technical school are alsoclassified as undergraduate studies. The students who complete suchcourses are referred to as undergraduates in America and graduates inother countries (Trice,2015).On the other hand, graduate programs in the country are thoseundertaken by learners upon completing their bachelor courses in theuniversities and colleges and takes approximate two to three years tocomplete. However, in other countries, they are referred to aspost-graduate studies.

Graduatestudies differ from undergraduate programs in several ways. First,the former would present students with a close relationship with theprofessors, unlike the latter that includes a lot of classroomlearning. Secondly, the undergraduate studies involve a variety ofsubjects while inthegraduate program. Leeet al, (2016), states that inundergraduate program, one learns what is already known while in theother, the learner invents new things and ideas.

Agraduate learning community is a group of staff members and studentswith the same objectives and interests based on the field of study.According to Smithand Bath (2012), the setup allows thescholars to possess a certain degree of knowledge that one intends toexpand and develop some levels of mastery in their subjects. With thehelp of the tutors, the students in this community learn how todevelop a further understanding of the subject as compared to theirundergraduate counterparts. Graduate community members have theability to widen ideas based on their subject mastery.

Thekey components of a graduate community would comprise of a malleablestructured form of environment for studying that permits both thescholars and the tutors a chance to design the way to conduct theirstudies. That is, both parties come to a consensus on when to meet aswell as when to undertake a certain task. According to Trice(2015), thelearning community has an obligation of promoting an environment thatwould create an urge for knowledge based on the perspectives of thelearner and the instructor. In an undergraduate learning community,barely anyone knows how it is done unlike in the graduate communitywhere almost everyone knows what is going to happen during the studyperiods. In undergraduate community, members exercise lots of groupwork in contrast to the graduate community where individuals do theirresearch and implement own ways of doing it.


Smith,C., &amp Bath, D. (2012). The role of the learning community in thedevelopment of discipline knowledge and generic graduateoutcomes.&nbspHigherEducation,&nbsp51(2),259-286.

Lee,J., Carter-Wells, J., Glaeser, B., Ivers, K., &amp Street, C.(2016). Facilitating the development of a learning community in anonline graduate program.&nbspQuarterlyReview of Distance Education,&nbsp7(1),13.

Trice,A. G. (2015). Navigating in a multinational learning community:Academic departments’ responses to graduate international students.Journalof Studies in International Education,&nbsp9(1),62-89.