Professional graduate programs prepare you for entry into a specific profession. Examples include human, osteopathic, or veterinary medicine; dentistry; public health; optometry; or podiatry. Depending upon the field of study, these degrees may be earned at either the Master or the Doctoral level.

Every professional school determines its own admissions requirements. Check with each school's Admissions Office to obtain  information about:

  • Prerequisite courses
  • Admissions tests
  • Experience 
  • Application dates
  • Application materials

Human Health Care

Use the College of Natural Science's Preprofessional resources and regularly meet with a preprofessional advisor.

Veterinary Medicine

Visit the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) website to explore career options, pre-veterinary resources, admissions requirements, etc. Consider joining the MSU Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA).

If you plan to apply to the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, attend a free DVM Program Information Session and regularly meet with a pre-veterinary advisor to learn more.

Is there a "best" degree for attending professional school?

Typically your major does not matter as long as you have met the admission requirements. Many programs welcome students with diverse majors because these students bring a different perspective to the classroom.