Students who enter law school come from any number of academic majors. Pre-law students should take courses that allow for continued development in their ability to think critically, communicate and listen effectively, conduct library research, and contribute to the community. A good pre-law education helps students develop these skills and provides a solid foundation in understanding the American political system, understanding social interactions and issues of diversity, and demonstrating basic quantitative literacy skills. The Liberal Education Program at Colby-Sawyer College in conjunction with a major program of study provides many opportunities for students to fine tune the skills needed to be successful in law school.
The requirements for a pre-med program can be fulfilled in combination with any major. The Department of Natural Sciences offers advice and assistance to students interested in medical and other health-related professional schools. This includes dentistry, optometry, physician's assistant, doctor of podiatry, doctor of osteopathy as well as medical or veterinary school (see also Pre-Veterinary Curriculum). All interested students meet with a pre-med/pre-vet advisor to discuss career planning and preparing for admissions requirements.
Pre-Physical Therapy Curriculum
Professional programs in physical therapy are either master's degrees (2 years) or doctorates in physical therapy (3 years) although the trend is toward the doctorate. Admission to physical therapy 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. Students have pursued physical therapy programs from a variety of routes including the athletic training and exercise science programs as well as the biology major. However, students may choose any major and take the suggested prerequisites.
The requirements for a pre-veterinary program can be fulfilled in combination with any major, though most of the required courses are in the Biology major. The Department of Natural Sciences offers advice and assistance to students interested in veterinary and other health-related professional schools. Students across campus meet with a pre-med/pre-vet advisor to discuss career planning and preparing for admissions requirements.
Master of Science in Nursing
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.
Graduate School Opportunities
Plymouth State University
The college has an affiliation agreement to assist qualified baccalaureate degree graduates from Colby-Sawyer College 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.
The college has an affiliation agreement to assist 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.
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.
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.