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Pre-professional programs are areas of academic interest for students who intend to enter professional schools after graduation.


Pre-professional is a category for students who intend to enter a professional school after graduating with their bachelor’s degrees.

  • Pre-education if one’s goal is to complete a master’s program in education and become licensed to teach in Ohio
  • Pre-health for those interested in the health professions, including dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine
  • Pre-law for students who want to become lawyers

At Ohio State, "pre-law", "pre-health", and "pre-education" are not majors. They are officially-recognized areas of academic interest. Identifying your pre-professional interest will enable your college advisor, your major advisor, and your pre-professional advisor to provide you with a wide range of support to realize your goals.