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


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 Adviser 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, Professional and Experiential Education.


HWS students can earn their bachelor's degree at the Colleges and their law degree from Cornell University. The Law Early Admissions Program (LEAP) is a "3+3" joint degree framework that allows participating HWS students to complete their undergraduate and legal education in six years rather than the typical seven.

For more details, contact the Pre-Law Adviser, Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education.


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

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