I am thinking of "post-bachelor", but I am wondering if there's a better word for it. Here's an example:

These post-bachelor courses are only required if you want to complete a master degree.

Could there be a non-composite noun or adjective?

2 Answers 2


In the US, this would be graduate coursework. Graduate school (sometimes shortened to grad school) refers to programs that grant master's degrees and doctorates.

  • Note that in the UK, the more common term is "postgraduate"; graduate tends not to be used in this way. Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 15:48
  • @SteveMelnikoff Thanks for the info, Steve, edited to reflect that this is a US perspective!
    – Katy
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 15:50
  • Canada is the same as the US. You could say graduate research for research with a prof while a student. Post graduate research / work would be after your Ph.D. (say as in a post-doctoral fellowship position) before you become assistant professor
    – michael
    Commented Apr 29, 2020 at 2:12

Yes, the term is "graduate school":

A graduate school (sometimes shortened as grad school) is a 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.

There is often a distinction between graduate school programs, which award Master's and Doctoral degrees, and professional school programs, which award degrees in things like medicine, law, business, engineering, education, etc.

  • The second paragraph is again not true of the UK: all of these Masters and doctoral degrees would be postgraduate.
    – JeremyC
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 21:21

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