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Is graduate school a lot harder than regular college?

I have heard from a numerous amount of people that graduate school is not harder than your regular college and/or university. Some people have told me that all it is is a lot more work and that it dives into specific content, which to my expectations does make sense because it is based strictly on that area of work which you are studying. Other individuals have said that graduate school is totally different and way more hard. Could this be due to it's title, Graduate School? I don't know who to believe and am wondering what the real answer to this question is! Just saying, even if it truly is more difficult this will not stop me from achieving my M.A. #college #university #graduate-school


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Shannon’s Answer

Hello. This is a good question. Graduate school basically prepares you for your career of choice. The studies at this level are more advanced and specifically geared toward preparing you for a career in your chosen field. Undergraduate education the first 4-5 years of study prepares you also but at this level there a wide range of experiences and courses to take to best prepare you for your career. As a 1st year (freshman) and 2nd yr (sophomore) college (undergraduate) student, you will take a wide range of courses which consist of math, social sciences, English, etc. Your last few years in college---3rd and 4th year (upper level courses) typically hone in on specific courses that you are targeting for your major (field of study)....hope this helps, Good Luck :)


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Leslie’s Answer

There are many different types of graduate programs and some are harder than others (just like some colleges and degrees are harder than others). I recommend doing a lot of research on any schools/programs you are considering (look at their completion stats and degree requirements and talk with students).


With that said, what you've heard is true. Graduate school is easier because you're more likely to be studying things you're interested in and because there is less of a focus on letter grades. However, the expectations and (depending on the program) volume of work are typically much higher than college; so in that sense it's harder.


Good luck!


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moises’s Answer

My experience with graduate school was that although it was challenging, I left a sense of more focus that allowed me to do better than my undergraduate work.


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Alyse’s Answer

It was not harder in my experience. But it was different than my undergrad experience. Most graduate programs allow you to focus on a particular subject rather than taking courses in several fields of study like in undergrad. The professors will expect more from you as a graduate student. They will expect higher order thinking, analysis and increased writing skills. Overall, your graduate program will be specific to you and your goals. Ano engineering program may be more difficult than and English one, but that is due to the rigor of the curriculum. But, it isn't anything to be afraid of.


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