Postbaccalaureate program

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Postbaccalaureate programs are reserved for students who are working toward a second bachelor's degree or a second entry degree. These programs are offered for those who already have a first undergraduate degree.[1] Post Baccalaureate programs are not considered traditional graduate education, but it is more advanced than a bachelor's degree.[2] These programs are offered under the umbrella of continuing education and leads to a second undergraduate degree. Often first year of the second entry degree is redacted with Postbaccalaureate credentials (PBD). Programs like post-degree diploma,[3] graduate diploma, graduate certificates or a pre-medical to a master's degree in a field such as biomedical or health sciences may come under the range of post-baccalaureate programs. In addition, students who wish to pursue a master's degree in a field other than their BS/BA degree, may be admitted to a college or university individualized or preset postbaccalaureate program to earn the necessary entry credits in their new chosen subject. These courses of study are considered an equivalent blend of foundation year graduate/professional school studies and final year of the specific bachelor's program. This also provides opportunity to those who prepare for changing careers and profession or as a supportive for those interested in continuing education to familiarize with new modalities in their particular fields. The usual length of the programs is 8 months to 1 year and the advanced thesis route grad-entry program is for 2 years.


  1. ^ "University of Washington Office of Admissions".
  2. ^ "Athabasca University Business School".
  3. ^ "University of Western Ontario postdegree programs page".

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