Pre-Business & Pre-Engineering Support

Pre-Business Advising & Resources

Bates students and alumni interested in pursuing business school typically decide between pursuing a Master’s degree in a specialized area (such as finance, accounting, or marketing) or pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).

While traditional MBA degrees are completed over two years after several years in the workforce, there are other pathways to consider, including: 2+2 deferred admission programs, on-line and part-time programs, and executive programs for professionals who wish to complete their studies while working full-time.

The Bates Center for Purposeful Work collaborates with Bates students and alumni at all stages of the decision-making process around business school. If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your interests and options, please do so via Handshake (students) or reach out to our office at (alumni).

Check out the articles, links, and resources below for helpful information as you consider degree options, admission requirements, and application processes:

Business Student: Explore Degrees, Concentrations, and Careers

Find MBA: Explore MBA Programs Worldwide 

Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC): Launch Your Journey

Poets & Quants: Deferred MBA Admissions at the Top 8 Programs

U.S. News: Top Business Schools

U.S. News: Best Executive MBA Programs

Pre-Engineering Advising & Resources

For current students interested in careers in engineering, Bates offers joint degree programs with a number of prestigious engineering schools, specifically: Columbia, Case Western Reserve, Dartmouth, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Students spend three years at Bates taking general education requirements and basic courses in mathematics, physics, and other relevant sciences, before matriculation at the engineering school for concentration in their area of interest for two years. This 3-2 liberal arts/engineering program results in two baccalaureate degrees — one from Bates and one from the specific engineering school.

For more information on joint degree options, please check out detailed information provided by the Physics & Astronomy department and contact Professor Hong Lin ( for an appointment to discuss your interests.