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Preparation and Acceptance to Graduate and Professional Programs
Pre-Professional Work
In addition to the regular courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Public Health degrees, pre-professional work is offered for students expecting to enter any of the following professions: business, education, law, theology, or the health-related professions (e.g., anesthesiologist assistant, athletic training, clinical psychology, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pathologists’ assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, public health, speech-language pathology, and veterinary medicine).
Specialized advising is available for Mercer students preparing to apply to graduate or professional school: Traditional undergraduate students expecting to enter graduate school in business should consult with the advisors of the School of Business. Students enrolled in one of the traditional undergraduate programs on the Macon campus should consult the Director of Pre-Health Professions Advising in the Office of Academic and Advising Services for advice on and assistance with application to health-related professional programs. Traditional undergraduate students should consult the Coordinator of Pre-Graduate School Advising in the Office of Academic and Advising Services for advice on and assistance with application to other graduate programs (including law). Students expecting to enter the field of education should consult the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. Students expecting to enter the profession of theology should consult a faculty member in the Department of Religion.
 
Pre-Education
Mercer University's Tift College of Education offers a Special Consideration Program for the Master of Arts in Teaching programs to minors in education (without certification) and non-education majors. Likewise, the Master of Education programs are offered to students completing a Bachelor of Science in Education degree (BSEd) or an Education Minor (with appropriate certification) at Mercer University within two academic years of the completion of the Bachelor’s degree.
Undergraduate students who plan to apply to a graduate program in education after completing their course of study at Mercer University are considered to be on a “pre-education track”. Many graduate schools of education show no preference for any particular academic major when reviewing applications, so it is recommended that a pre-education student investigate the preference of their target graduate schools (if any), and base their choice of academic major upon which major offers the best preparation for their chosen area of teaching or specialization as well as on his or her enthusiasm for the area of study.
 
Pre-Health Professions
Undergraduate students who plan to apply to a health-related graduate or professional school after completing their course of study at Mercer University are considered to be on a “pre-health professions track”, or “pre-health track”. While a pre-health professions track includes the courses required for admission to professional school, pre-health tracks are not academic majors. It is recommended that students on pre-health tracks complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Science degree, a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree, or a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree as they prepare to apply to professional school, as most health-related professional schools require or recommend doing so before matriculation. Many professional schools show no preference for any particular academic major when reviewing applications, so it is recommended that a pre-health student investigate the preference of their target professional schools (if any), and base their choice of academic major upon which major offers the best preparation for their chosen profession as well as on his or her enthusiasm for the area of study.
Note: Students interested in pursuing a pre-health track should plan to enter college with mathematics competency at or above the pre-calculus level, as pre-calculus (MAT 133) is the prerequisite for beginning most chemistry, physics, and biology coursework at Mercer.
 
Pre-Law
While law schools require an undergraduate degree for admission, they do not require any particular courses or majors. Indeed, almost any academic major can provide satisfactory preparation for a student entering law school, but courses that develop a student’s ability to speak and write well, to read critically, and to reason logically are particularly valuable.
 
Pre-Theology
The Roberts Department of Religion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Mercer University seeks to expose all Mercer students to the broad Christian tradition and, for those students who intend to enter the Christian ministry, provides a solid foundation for later theological education. Future pastors, ministers of education, ministers of music, ministers of counseling, ministers of youth, and those who plan a career in teaching religion in academic environments major in Religion. The James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, divinity schools, seminaries, and graduate schools of religion highlight the importance and advantages of a broad liberal arts education. The Association of Theological Schools recommends that pre-theological studies include the following fields: religion, English, history, philosophy, natural sciences, social sciences, and foreign languages. Graduate schools for the study of religion expect their students to be able to speak and write effectively, to think logically, and to read critically. All of these are primary goals of the Roberts Department of Religion. In addition, the department hopes to produce students who act compassionately as citizens of the world.