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.).

Graduate School Resources at Bates

Online Directories and Resources to Research Programs


Personal Statement/Statement of Intent

Letters of Recommendation

Graduate School Funding

Graduate School Workshops and Alumni Panels

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.D.’s, PAs, NPs, etc. trained in medical sciences have received their undergraduate education at Bates.

The Team

  • Karen Daigler, M.A. Director of Graduate and Professional School Advising, Bates Center for Purposeful Work, 207-786-6230
  • Bruno Salazar-Perea, M.D. Lecturer – Biology, Faculty Fellow for Medical Studies, Hedge Hall 315, 207-786-8269 or 207-713-1551 (cell),
  • James Smith, Program Specialist, Bates Center for Purposeful Work, 207-786-6467

Medical Studies Fall 2020 FAQs

Pre-Health Basics

Gain Experience: Pre-Health Opportunities

FAQs 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. If you have questions and would like to schedule an appointment, please call at 207-786-6232.

Admission Made Simple: Your Journey to Law School

Financing Your Legal Education

The 2019-2020 Book of Law School Lists, by Kaplan Test Prep

LSAC Law School Forums

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.

Business School (MBA)


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.