Joint Degree Programs

Hobart and William Smith offer several joint degree programs for students of promise who are interested in pursuing pre-professional certifications.


Engineering Brochure

The Colleges have joint degree programs in engineering with the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.

For the Columbia program, students spend three years at Hobart and William Smith, and then two years at Columbia. At the end of five years the student receives a B.A. or B.S. from Hobart or William Smith and a B.S. in engineering from Columbia. In some cases, a student can arrange to receive the degree from Hobart or William Smith at the end of the fourth year, and the degree in engineering from Columbia at the end of the fifth year.

The Dartmouth program is structured a little differently. Typically, a student spends the first two years at Hobart and William Smith, the third year at Dartmouth, the senior year in Geneva, followed by the fifth and final year at Dartmouth. Upon completion, the student receives two degrees, one from Hobart or William Smith and one from Dartmouth.

For more details on joint degree programs in engineering, consult Professor Donald Spector, Department of Physics.


The Colleges have agreements with Clarkson University and the Saunders School of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) allowing students to complete the requirements for a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree in one year rather than the usual two or more. Admission to the "4 + 1" programs at Clarkson and RIT is available to students who include foundation courses in their undergraduate programs while at HWS and meet prescribed admissions standards.

For more details, consult Pre-Business Advisor Warren Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Economics.


HWS and the University of Rochester School of Nursing have established a 4+3 program that provides third-year students a guaranteed seat in either the one-year post baccalaureate program leading to RN licensure or the three-year program leading to nurse practitioner certification.

For more details, contact the Health Professions Adviser, Salisbury Center for Career Services.


For information about financial aid for joint degree programs, visit Special Programs Aid.

Financial Aid for 3-2 Joint Degree Programs
Financial aid for the 3-2 joint degree programs (in which the student spends three years at HWS followed by two years at Columbia University or the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) is available during the first three years at Hobart and William Smith Colleges through the regular financial aid application process and deadlines. For the two years of study at the other institution, Hobart and William Smith will not process or award any sources of financial assistance. You should contact the other institution directly to find out what, if any, sources of financial assistance are available.

Financial Aid for 2-1-1-1 Joint Degree Programs
Financial aid for the 2-1-1-1 program with Dartmouth is available for the first four years of study through Hobart and William Smith. Financial aid for the fifth year is processed through Dartmouth. Contact Dartmouth directly for application requirements and deadlines.





DeWayne Lucas
Provost and Dean of Faculty
Associate Professor of Political Science


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For more information about financial aid for joint degree programs, please visit Special Programs Aid.



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