Partnership programs create paths for post-graduate education

W&J students have a history of success when continuing their education beyond an undergraduate degree. The College continues to facilitate partnerships with other institutions of higher education that help pave the way for students to pursue the advanced study of their choice.


In an effort to provide an affordable option for students seeking a graduate degree, W&J and the WVU School of Public Health have established a new shared-credit degree program, the Master of Science in Biostatistics.

The agreement provides qualified students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Biostatistics in just five years. Students will work toward their bachelor’s degree for the first three years at W&J and then transition to WVU for the fourth and fifth years.

This is the WVU School of Public Health’s first shared-credit degree program with an institution outside of the WVU system.


Chatham University has partnered with W&J to offer two guaranteed seats in Chatham’s Psy.D. in Counseling program for W&J students as of fall 2018.

“Doctoral programs in psychology are extremely competitive, and an agreement like this speaks to the quality of education students are getting at W&J,” said Department Chair of Psychology Elizabeth Bennett, Ph.D.


A partnership between W&J and Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) at Thomas Jefferson University has created an opportunity for W&J students to start medical school after their junior year – and they don’t have to be science majors to do it.

Thomas Jefferson University initiated the partnership, also known as the Integrated Program in Human Health, as part of the University’s efforts to bring more liberal arts students into their medical college in a holistic approach to practicing medicine.

“SKMC is looking for students who can think critically from multiple perspectives and can draw on knowledge from the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts to heal people. In a nutshell, they are looking for the W&J student,” said Professor of Chemistry and co-developer of the program Steven Malinak, Ph.D.

W&J’s partnerships with other graduate schools include the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, and School of Pharmacy; the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University; and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.