Preprofessional Programs


Webster University offers a number of pre-professional programs within the undergraduate colleges and schools. 

Some of these special study options are dual degree programs offered in cooperation with specific professional schools; others are broad preparatory programs enabling students to pursue graduate study in institutions of their choice.

Students interested in pre-professional programs should consult with an academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center.

Pre-professional programs offered:


Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary

Webster University provides a variety of programs and courses designed to meet the needs of the pre-dental, pre-medical, and pre-veterinary student. Most dental and medical schools accept a BA or BS in any field of study but require specific courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

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Pre-Engineering

Webster University offers a dual degree program in engineering and applied sciences with the University of Missouri-Columbia and a dual degree program in engineering with Washington University. These programs lead to a BA or BS in one of Webster’s departments and a BS in engineering and applied science from the University of Missouri-Columbia or a BS in engineering from Washington University. Students in either program combine a high-quality professional engineering education with a strong background in the humanities, mathematics, and the natural and social sciences. Programs at Columbia include chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering and public policy, mechanical engineering, systems science, and mathematics. The professional degrees offered in each area are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET).

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the dual degree program must be degree-seeking students at Webster University. They must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above, both overall and in science and mathematics courses; complete all courses described as “Continuance Requirements’’ prior to entering the University of Missouri-Columbia or Washington University; and be recommended by the academic dean.

Continuance Requirements: University of Missouri-Columbia Program

To complete the BS degree in engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia within a two-year period, students must have completed at least 90 credit hours, including all coursework for their major and minor while at Webster University. Grades below C do not transfer. Within the 90 credit hours, the following courses must be included:

  • Composition: one semester of intensive writing 
    WRIT 1010 Composition (3 hours)
  • Mathematics: calculus sequence, plus differential equations
    MATH 1610, 1620, 2510 Calculus I-III (15 hours)
    MATH 3040 Differential Equations  (3 hours)
  • Physics: one-year sequence, calculus-based, including lab 
    PHYS 2030, 2040 University Physics I, II (8 hours)
  • Chemistry: one-year sequence including laboratory chemistry 
    CHEM 1100, 1110 General Chemistry I, II (8 hours)
  • Computer: one course in computer programming 
    COSC 1550 Computer Programming I (3 hours)
  • Liberal arts: 16 credit hours in humanities and social sciences, of which three courses shall be in one major, including one upper-level course

Continuance Requirements: Washington University Program

To complete the BS degree in engineering and applied science within a two-year period, students must have completed the following courses while at Webster University:

Total coursework: at least 60 credit hours of transferable college credit (Courses with grades below C do not transfer.)

  • Mathematics: calculus sequence, plus differential equations 
    MATH 1610, 1620, 2510 Calculus I-III (15 hours)
    MATH 3040 Differential Equations (3 hours)
  • Physics: one-year sequence, calculus-based, including lab 
    PHYS 2030, 2040 University Physics I, II (10 hours)
  • Chemistry: one semester including lab 
    CHEM 1100, General Chemistry I (4 hours)
  • For chemical engineering majors only: 
    Second semester of general chemistry (4 hours)
  • One-year sequence in organic chemistry, including lab 
    CHEM 2100, 2110 Organic Chemistry I, II (8 hours)
  • Computer programming: one course
    Chemical engineering majors may defer this requirement
    COSC 1550 or equivalent (3 hours)
  • English composition: one course, acceptable examination score, or college certification of proficiency 
  • Humanities and social sciences: At least 18 credit hours in approved areas This sequence must include six semester hours in Humanities and six semester hours in Social Sciences, with at least three credits at the 3000- or 4000-level course. 
  • For Biomedical Engineering: One-year biology sequence and second semester of general chemistry with lab

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Pre-Law

The study of law continues to be an objective of many undergraduate students. Generally speaking, law schools look for broadly educated individuals who can think, speak, and write with precision and clarity. Webster encourages pre-law students to choose a major based on their own interests and abilities. Then, in consultation with an academic advisor, pre-law students will design a course of study that reflects the recommendations for pre-legal education developed by the Association of American Law Schools. The association’s policy statement recommends an undergraduate education that emphasizes:

  • verbal skills: comprehension, writing, and speaking;
  • critical understanding of human institutions and values with which the law deals;
  • creative power in thinking.

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Pre-Occupational Therapy

Webster University offers a cooperative 3-2 program with the Washington University School of Medicine in occupational therapy. This dual degree program enables students to complete a Biology (BA), Biology (BS), or a Psychology (BA) from Webster University and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) from Washington University within a five-year period. To take advantage of this program, students need to:

  • Complete three years (98 credit hours) at Webster University and two years at Washington University.
  • Complete the Webster University general education program and the requirements for their undergraduate major at Webster (Biology BA, Biology BS, or Psychology BA).
  • Apply to the Washington University School of Medicine Occupational Therapy Program. A summary of the application requirements are listed below. Interested students should examine the materials on the Washington University site in the event the summary of admission requirements listed below change (http://www.ot.wustl.edu):

    • 3.25 cumulative GPA is required for admission into the MSOT program.
    • Complete (grade of B or better) a set of prerequisite courses (see below) prior to admission to the occupational therapy program.
    • Complete a minimum of thirty hours of OT-related experience or observation. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that a portion of the hours include observation with an OT.
    • Complete the GRE within the last five years. Scores of 145+ quantitative, 150+ verbal, and 4.0+ analytic writing are recommended. However, GRE scores are one of many factors considered in the admissions process.
    • Request three letters of recommendation - one from a faculty member or academic advisor, one from someone involved in your observation experience and one from another person of your choice (not a family member or friend).
    • Demonstrate excellent writing skills in the application essay.
    • Participate and evidence leadership in extracurricular activities.
    • International students: TOEFL and TWE taken no more than one year prior to application.
    • Your application and three letters of recommendation must be submitted to OTCAS (centralized application system) by February 1. Official GRE scores must also be received by Washington University by February 1. See the Washington University site for more information (http://www.ot.wustl.edu).

The MSOT prerequisite courses include:

  • BIOL 1550/1551 Essentials of Biology I (w/lab) (5 hours)
  • BIOL 3010/3011 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 hours)
  • BIOL 3020/3021 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 hours)
  • CHEM 1100/1101 General Chemistry I (4 hours)
  • Elective, BIOL 2120 or above (3 hours)
  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2750 Introduction Measurement and Statistics (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • Social science elective (ANTH, ECON, POLT, PSYC, SOCI) (3 hours)

Total required hours   35 hours

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