What is graduate education?

Following the attainment of a baccalaureate degree, many students elect to continue studies at an advanced level. The pursuit of course work that leads to a master's, specialist or doctoral degree is called graduate education. In contrast, post-baccalaureate work that leads to a degree (for example) in law or medicine is often called professional studies.

In addition to graduate and professional degrees, many universities in Missouri also offer graduate certificates and minors. Cross-disciplinary study and dual degrees are other options in some fields of study.

Depending on the program and institution, Missouri graduate students may complete courses in face-to-face classrooms, online or through a combination of delivery methods. Faculty members apply new technologies to enhance student learning in any type of settings.

Graduate education differs from undergraduate study significantly: