Additional Curricula Opportunities

Pre-Professional Curriculum

Pre-Law Curriculum

The Liberal Education Program at Colby-Sawyer, in conjunction with any number of majors offered by the college, provide opportunities to fine tune the skills necessary for success in law school. Pre-law students take courses that develop critical thinking, research skills and effective communication. Students graduate with a solid understanding of the American political system, social interactions, issues of diversity and basic quantitative literacy skills.

Pre-Medical Curriculum

The Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences and the Exercise and Sport Sciences Department offer advice and assistance to students interested in health-related professional schools including dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, doctor of podiatry, doctor of osteopathy, and medical or veterinary school (see Pre-Veterinary Curriculum). The requirements for medical school may be fulfilled in conjunction with any Colby-Sawyer major. Interested students should meet with a pre-medical adviser to discuss career planning and preparing for admissions requirements.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Curriculum

Admission to occupational therapy graduate programs is competitive and schools select students on the basis of academic excellence; Graduate Record Exam scores; letters of reference from professors and physical therapists; clinical observation experience; an essay and an interview. A master’s degree is typically the minimum required degree to sit for certification as an occupational therapist, however there also are some entry level clinical doctoral programs that satisfy certification requirements. Students can pursue occupational therapy programs through a variety of Colby-Sawyer majors including exercise science, athletic training and biology, however students may choose any major along with the suggested prerequisites. Students should work closely with an adviser to select the prerequisites required for specific programs.

Pre-Physical Therapy Curriculum

Physical therapy graduate program admissions are competitive and schools select students on the basis of academic excellence; Graduate Record Exam scores; letters of reference from professors and physical therapists; clinical observation experience; an essay and an interview. A doctorate degree in physical therapy is required for certification as a physical therapist. Physical therapy program requirements may be fulfilled through a variety of Colby-Sawyer majors including athletic training, exercise science and biology, however students may choose any major along with the suggested prerequisites.

Pre-Veterinary Curriculum

The Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences offers advice and assistance to students interested in veterinary and other health-related professional schools. Pre-veterinary program requirements can be fulfilled in combination with any major, though most of the required courses are in the biology major. Students should meet with a pre-veterinary adviser to discuss career planning and preparing for admissions requirements.

Master of Science in Nursing

Colby-Sawyer College

Advance your nursing education and prepare for practice as a nurse generalist in a health care setting. This program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate baccalaureate nursing degree and prepares graduates to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification.

Application Information

Graduate School Opportunities

Green Mountain College

An affiliation agreement assists qualified baccalaureate degree graduates from Colby-Sawyer into Green Mountain College’s online sustainability-focused graduate programs. Qualified students may complete a sustainable M.B.A., an M.S. in sustainable food systems, an M.S. in environmental studies or an M.S. in resilient and sustainable communities.

Plymouth State University

An affiliation agreement assists qualified baccalaureate degree graduates from Colby-Sawyer into the graduate and teacher certification programs at Plymouth State University. Qualified students may complete master's degrees (M.Ed., M.A.T., M.B.A. or M.S.), teacher certification programs, or post baccalaureate programs that provide New Hampshire Licensure in Secondary Education at Plymouth State University.

Springfield College

An affiliation agreement assists qualified baccalaureate degree graduates from Colby-Sawyer into master's degree programs at Springfield College. This opportunity is available for students who want to pursue advanced work in: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, School Guidance Counseling and Student Personnel Administration, Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Clinical Exercise Physiology Track, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Strength and Conditioning, and Athletic Counseling.

For additional information, contact the department chairs of Exercise and Sport Sciences or Social Sciences and Education.

University of New Haven

Colby-Sawyer graduates who have a GPA over 3.4 and GRE or GMAT score over the 60th percentile will automatically be accepted into the University of New Haven graduate degree programs in sports management. First come, first awarded scholarships are available to Colby-Sawyer graduates. University of New Haven's sports management program, available in residence and online, is ranked as the fourth best business-based program in the nation and 13th best internationally.

Vermont Law School (VLS)

An articulation agreement allows Colby-Sawyer students to complete their bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor in as little as five years, and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four. Students in the dual-degree program complete their bachelor’s degree at Colby-Sawyer in three years. If students choose to do the 3+3 program, they complete their J.D. at VLS in the traditional three years; if they choose the 3+2 program, they complete a two-year accelerated J.D.; and in the 3+1 they receive a master’s degree in one year from VLS.

Wheelock College

Wheelock College in Boston will grant admission to its master of science (M.S.) degree programs in Education (Early Childhood, Elementary, and Integrated Elementary and Special Education), M.S. in Nonprofit/Organizational Leadership, or a master in social work to all students who apply within one year of their graduation from Colby-Sawyer. Students applying under the provisions of this agreement must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and have one of the three required recommendations written by the chair or designee of the student's undergraduate major department at Colby-Sawyer. Application fees for any student applying under the terms of the agreement will be waived.