Dual-degree programs and post-graduate partnerships at Washington College.
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Dual-Degree Program with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment
A dual-degree program between Washington College and Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment enables qualified students of environmental science or studies to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. Students can leave Washington College after their third year and enroll at Duke, where they can study for a master’s degree in either environmental management or forestry.
After successfully completing their first year at Duke, they will be awarded their bachelor’s degree from WC. Students who want to complete four years at WC are also eligible to take advantage of this program. The Nicholas School of the Environment is internationally known, not only for its forestry and environmental management elements but also for the Duke University Marine Lab.
Dual-Degree Program in Engineering with Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School
of Engineering and Applied Science
Washington College is a liberal arts affiliate of the Columbia University Combined Plan in Engineering. This program allows students to combine rigorous preparation for an engineering career in a student-focused, liberal arts setting with the opportunity to finish their degrees at a top-rated engineering school. In this program, students complete three or four years at Washington College and then two years at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in New York. Students from Washington College receive priority in admissions review at Columbia University, provided they meet Columbia’s admission requirements. Upon completion of the program, students earn a B.S. degree in their major at Washington College and a B.S. degree from Columbia in one of the engineering disciplines.
While the Columbia University dual-degree program is popular with students, some pre-engineering students elect to complete their four years at Washington College and apply competitively to engineering M.S. and Ph.D. programs, including Columbia University and other nationally-ranked engineering graduate schools. Washington College faculty in physics, mathematics, and computer science advise students in this program to ensure they complete all of the Washington College courses required for admission to the School of Engineering at Columbia in the proper sequence.
Dual-Degree Program with the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University
Qualified students of physics and mathematics receive guaranteed admission and a 50% tuition discount to the McKelvey School for a 3+2 undergraduate engineering program. They are also eligible for federal financial aid and merit-based scholarships, as well as a 3+3 engineering master’s program at Washington University.
Dual-Degree Program with the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing
Washington College’s dual degree partnership with the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) enables qualified students to earn a bachelor’s degree from Washington College and then earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) from UMSON, completing both in five years. The first three years are spent at Washington College fulfilling the general education requirements, requirements for a major (either biology or psychology), and the prerequisite courses for entrance into UMSON. Students then enter the BSN program at UMSON (at either the Baltimore or Shady Grove campus), which takes two years to complete.
Admission into the BSN program through this partnership requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 (minimum 3.0 GPA in science courses) and successful completion of prerequisite courses. As a condition of the partnership, students do not have to take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Exam, pay the application fee, or submit letters of recommendation.
Dual-Degree Program with University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy
This dual-degree program requires a minimum of seven years of study. The first three are spent at Washington College, where students typically major in biology in order to complete the WC portion of the program within three years and obtain the prerequisites needed to apply to the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Once at UMD, students work to earn a doctor of pharmacy degree.
Partnership with Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Biomedical
Washington College students who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in a range of biomedical science and research disciplines can take advantage of a partnership with Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., which enables qualified WC graduates to receive a partial percent tuition discount for any master’s programs offered through Biomedical Graduate Education (excluding online programs). These programs are attractive for students seeking a career in health-related and biomedical science and research or the science and technology side of emerging social health issues. Some pre-med students may also be interested in these programs as a way to acquire additional training before applying to medical school. Master’s programs include Biotechnology and Health Physics, Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy, Biotechnology, Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Integrative Neuroscience, and Systems Medicine. Programs focused on areas more related to the basic sciences and those interested in pursuing medical school include Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Pharmacology, Physiology, the Special Master’s in Physiology, and Tumor Biology.
Partnership with the College of William & Mary School of Business
Launched in 2015, Washington College’s partnership with William & Mary’s School of Business enables WC students to earn a Master of Arts in accounting with the potential for a $10,000 scholarship. WC graduates can apply for free, and if their GPA is 3.25 or higher, their GMAT requirement is waived. If the student is one of the top three WC applicants, and not a Virginia resident, he or she can receive a $10,000 tuition scholarship.
Partnership with School of Nursing at John Hopkins University
Students who have majored in a non-nursing discipline and decide to pursue nursing after they complete their undergraduate degree can complete a master of science in nursing at Johns Hopkins in five semesters. They are then prepared to take the nursing licensing exam to become an RN—or to continue studies toward an advanced degree. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and have completed several specific courses with a B or better for admission. Johns Hopkins will provide Washington College with an advisor to meet with interested WC students to help them during the admissions process, and scholarships and financial aid are available. This program emphasizes leadership and inclusivity within the humanities, creating an excellent choice for students who take an interest in nursing later on in their undergraduate career
Fast Track Partnerships with Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University Maryland Emerging Leaders MBA Fast Track (ELMBA)
Washington College students are eligible to apply for fast-track admissions to the Loyola ELMBA program after completion of the junior year. The fast-track policy streamlines the admissions process for students with minimum 3.0 GPA overall and for all major courses taken. Completion of MAT 135 Finite Mathematics, MAT 110 Precalculus, or BUS 109 Managerial Statistics is recommended but not required. Loyola will waive the application fee, GMAT/GRE requirement, essay, and one letter of recommendation. Accepted students who apply by the priority deadline outlined on the Washington College Fast Track website will be guaranteed priority consideration for merit award scholarships specifically earmarked for Washington College Fast Track applicants.
Loyola University Maryland Master of Accounting Fast Track (MAcc)
Washington College students are eligible to apply for fast-track admission to the Loyola MAcc program after completion of the junior year. The fast-track policy streamlines the admission process for students who have declared a minor or concentration in accounting. The program requires a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and for all accounting courses taken. Loyola will waive the application fee, GMAT/GRE requirement, essay, and letter of recommendation. Accepted students who apply by the priority deadline outlined on the Washington College Fast Track website will be guaranteed priority consideration for merit award scholarships specifically earmarked for Washington College Fast Track applicants.
Loyola University Maryland Master in Emerging Media Fast Track
Washington College students with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply for fast-track admissions to the Loyola Master of Art in Emerging Media program. Following the completion of their junior year, students can apply for the M.A in Emerging Media program, which streamlines the admissions process for students interested in working with emerging media platforms. Program applicants have guaranteed consideration regardless of undergraduate major, and Loyola will waive the application fees, letters of recommendation and résumé requirements. Additionally, students who are accepted will receive a 15% tuition discount.
Partnership with Wake Forest University School of Business
Washington College partners with Wake Forest University’s School of Business for students who want to pursue a master’s degree in management. This program is for students who are considering a career in management, or possibly a future MBA. Students who have a business minor or who have majored in another subject (not business management) may apply. Under the agreement, Wake Forest will waive the application fee and essay. WC students with a GPA of 3.3 to 3.39 can receive a $5,000 scholarship, 3.4 to 3.599, $10,000, and those with GPAs of 3.6 or higher can receive $15,000. Wake Forest may also boost the scholarships based on a student’s demonstrated leadership ability, internships, extracurricular activities, and other examples of potential academic and professional success.