Graduate and Professional School Preparation

The rigorous liberal arts program at Hope is second-to-none as a basis for graduate or professional school.

Since entrance requirements vary among programs, Hope provides you with extensive planning assistance. Experienced faculty members help you tailor a program to the requirements of the graduate or professional program of your choice. The Career planning Library offers you a strong collection of resources to inform your career search.

Health ProfessionalsNo matter which health profession interests you, we can help you design a course of study that meets your professional school requirements. Your can depend on the Hope Health Professions Advisor, a clinical Professor and Assistant Advisor, and knowledgeable faculty members. You can take advantage of our many internships and other experiences in the health area, including health mission trips abroad.
  • In the last 10 years, 90% percent of Hope pre-medical students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher were accepted into medical schools.
  • During the same period, our pre-dental students with a GPA of 3.3 or higher were accepted into dental schools at an overall rate of 86 percent.
  • About 1/3 of our science graduates pursue professional degrees in health-related fields.
  • Another third of our science majors receive graduate fellowships and pursue their Ph.D. degrees at the school of their choice
Our Division of Natural and Applied Sciences, which is nationally recognized for excellence in education and research, has carefully structured its course offerings to strengthen your chances for acceptance to health profession programs. LawYour strongest asset in preparing to enter the field of law is Hope's broad-based, excellent liberal arts program. Regardless of your major, the writing, analytical thinking and public speaking involved in earning your degree hone your skills in the primary abilities demanded by a legal career. Historically, more than 85% of Hope graduates students applying to law school are accepted. Our rich pre-law program is more developed than those at most other liberal arts institutions. Opportunities here include:
  • An impressive array of law-related courses: Constitutional law, the Judicial Process, Law & Society, The Philosophy of Law, and more.
  • An active, student-led campus organization, the Pre-Law Club, gives you frequent times to talk with lawyers from a variety of career paths.
  • Internships, externships, and other hands-on experiences are available for you. Hope's Washington Honors Semester is a favorite of pre-law students.
  • In-depth advising from Hope faculty on a range of issues related to preparing for and being admitted to law school.
Studies in MinistryStudents seeking entry-level positions in church ministry and Christian organizations can choose this minor to strengthen their qualifications. Designed to provide a theological framework, practical experience, spiritual discipline, and mentoring, the minor is excellent coursework, even for those planning a seminary education. The program includes coursework, year-long internships, and relationships with fellow students and mentors. Three tracks include Youth Ministry, Worship Leadership (with two sub-tracks): Pastoral Ministry and Musical, and Social Witness.