Graduate School Advising & Resources

Graduate School Education Graduate education involves a more narrowly focused program of study than undergraduate work. There are a wide variety of programs. You may earn a degree that is either academic or professional.

Academic degrees (M.A., M.S., Ph.D.) involve acquiring and communicating new knowledge through original research, and are awarded in almost all disciplines (e.g. arts and humanities, languages, natural sciences, and the social sciences).

Professional degrees emphasize the practical application of knowledge and skills and may be earned in areas such as Law (J.D.), business (M.B.A.), medicine (M.D. or D.O.), and education (M.Ed.). Other fields include the fine arts (M.F.A.), library science (M.L.S.) and social work (M.S.W.).


Health Professions Advising

Pre-Health Studies at Bates College has developed a well-earned reputation for providing access to the rigorous preparation required for admission to professional schools. A successful application depends primarily upon the applicant’s performance and potential as measured by grades, standardized test scores, and health-related experience. Students who have taken advantage of available curricular and co-curricular preparation met with the pre-health advisors and met the high standards required for professional school admission are, as a group, highly successful in gaining admission into the medical professions and in the completion of their training.

Our graduates have distinguished themselves across the country in private practice, clinical and basic research and academic medicine. Well over a thousand physicians, dentists, Ph.Ds, PAs, NPs, etc. trained in medical sciences have received their undergraduate education at Bates.

The People

  • Lee Abrahamsen, Ph.D. Chair of the Medical Studies Committee, 161 Wood Street, Room 222,  207-786-8266 labraham@bates.edu
  • Karen Daigler, M.A. Director for Graduate and Professional School Advising, Medical Studies, Bates Center for Purposeful Work, 207-786-6230  kdaigler@bates.edu
  • James Smith, Program Specialist, Bates Center for Purposeful Work, 207-786-6467 jsmith6@bates.edu

Pre-health opportunities at Bates.

FAQ’s about Pre-Med at Bates.

Application Process


Pre-Law Advising

The Bates Center for Purposeful Work collaborates with Bates students and alumni at all stages of the legal career decision-making process. Please explore the links below and if you have questions and would like to schedule an appointment, please call at 207-786-6232.


Business School (MBA)

Bates alumni interested in pursuing business school typically decide between pursuing a Master’s in a specialized area, such as finance, accounting or marketing or pursuing a traditional two-year M.B.A. degree. There are other options which exist including an Executive M.B.A. for professionals who wish to fit their studies into current careers while continuing to work, often full-time.


Engineering

For students interested in careers in engineering the College offers joint degree programs with a number of prestigious engineering schools.  Students spend three years at Bates taking general education requirements and basic courses in mathematics, physics, and other relevant sciences, preparatory to matriculation to the engineering school for concentration in the area of interest for two years. This three/two liberal arts/engineering program results in two baccalaureate degrees — one from Bates and one from the school of engineering. The engineering schools affiliated with Bates in this program are Columbia, Case Western Reserve, Dartmouth, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Washington University in St. Louis.