additional opportunities

Graduate School Opportunities

Plymouth State University: The college has an affiliation agreement to assist qualified baccalaureate degree graduates from Colby-Sawyer College in gaining admission 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: The college has an affiliation agreement to assist qualified baccalaureate degree graduates from Colby-Sawyer to enter 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.

Pre-Physical Therapy Curriculum

Professional programs in physical therapy lead to either master's degrees (two years) or doctorates in physical therapy (three 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. See the college catalog for required courses and further information.

Pre-Medical Curriculum

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. See the college catalog for required courses and further information.

Pre-Veterinary Curriculum

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. See the college catalog for required courses and further information.

Pre-Law Curriculum

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 develop the skills needed to be successful in law school. See the college catalog for further information.