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Pre-Professional 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 with Washington University and Missouri University of Science and Technology. This program leads to a BS in mathematics from Webster University and a BS in engineering from Washington University or Missouri University of Science and Technology. Students in the pre-engineering program combine a high-quality professional engineering education with a strong background in the humanities, mathematics and the natural and social sciences. The programs at Washington University and Missouri University of Science and Technology include biomedical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, systems science and engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. The professional degrees offered in each area are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET).

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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. 

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Webster University offers a cooperative 3-2 program with the Washington University School of Medicine in Occupational Therapy (OT). This dual degree program enables students to complete a Biology (BA), Biological Sciences (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 cooperative 3-2 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 (http://www.ot.wustl.edu).

The MSOT prerequisite courses at Webster University are:

  • BIOL 3010/3011 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 hours)* (Life Science, Physiology)
  • BIOL 3020/3021 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 hours) (Physiology)
  • PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development* (3 hours) (Developmental Psychology)
  • PSYC 2750 Introduction Measurement and Statistics (3 hours) (Psychological Statistics)
  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology* (3 hours) (Abnormal Psychology)
  • Social Science Elective (ANTH, ECON, POLT, PSYC, SOCI) (3 hours) (Social Science)
*Students must meet the required prerequisites for these courses at Webster.

Full description available in the Course Catalog.

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