Pre-Professional Advising

The Center for Graduate School and Fellowship Advisement offers individualized advising for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in the health professions or law after their graduation from Manhattan College.

We are available to help students investigate their career options; discuss curricula, activities, internships, volunteer opportunities, research, and application procedures; and help students prepare to be competitive applicants. Additionally, we also offer workshops throughout the year, and a mailing list.

  • Preparation for Health Professions Graduate School

    CGSFA works closely with the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC), a body of faculty members who give guidance to students interested in preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry and allied health fields. The committee helps students make sure they’re qualified for admission to professional schools, as well as help navigate the application process and provide references when necessary.

    HPAC Application

    You must submit the following application in order to be evaluated by the Health Professions Advisory Committee. This application is for students who are preparing to apply for health professions schools for admission next fall.  The deadline for the next cycle will be January 19, 2024 at 11:59pm. 

    Basic Pre-Health Course Requirements

    The minimum required courses for admission to professional schools are as follows, but be aware that specific schools may require or recommend other courses. Pre-professional students are expected to maintain an average of at least a 3.0 in their science courses. Based on changes made to the MCAT, we also suggest foundation courses in Psychology, Sociology, and Biochemistry for students interested in pursuing a medical degree.

    course number

    course name


    BIOL 111 &
    BIOL 112

    General Biology I
    General Biology II


    BIOL 113 &
    BIOL 114

    General Biology Laboratory I
    General Biology Laboratory II


    CHEM 101 &
    CHEM 102

    General Chemistry I
    General Chemistry II


    CHEM 319 &
    CHEM 320

    Organic Chemistry I
    Organic Chemistry II


    CHEM 323 & 
    CHEM 324

    Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry Laboratory II


    PHYS 101
    PHYS 102

    Physics I
    Physics II


    or PHYS 107 &
    PHYS 108

    Introductory Physics I
    Introductory Physics II


    CHEM 433


    BIOL 319



    Cellular Biochemistry/Physiology




    MATH 185 &
    MATH 186

    Calculus I
    Calculus II



    Pre-Health Mailing List

    Submit the following form to be added to the mailing list for current Manhattan College students and alumni ONLY to receive information about upcoming events, workshops and more. Current Manhattan College students should sign up with their Manhattan College email address.

    Sign Up for Mailing List

    Key Components for Admission into Professional Health Schools

    • A good GPA: Different health-professional schools require different GPA ranges for admission, but typically a GPA of 3.5 or better is competitive.
    • Good admissions test scores: Most professional schools require an entrance exam, either the GRE or a specialized exam like the MCAT or DAT. These exams will typically be taken late in the junior year or early in the senior year, after the core courses have been taken.
    • Evidence of commitment to health care: It is imperative that you find summer jobs, research opportunities, and internships in the health professions. In addition, you should read articles on current issues, both scientific and social, in the medical and health field.
    • Attributes conducive to a career in the health professions: Integrity and responsibility are expected. Schools also look for traits such as integrity, responsibility, leadership, maturity, perseverance, breadth of interests, ability to relate to people effectively and, perhaps above all, clear motivation.
    • Extracurricular activities: It is important to be involved in activities; those that involve service to others and/or those in which you have a leadership role are important. The level of participation is more important than the number of activities. Be selective and get involved, don't just be a name on a membership list.
    • Recommendations: The HPAC provides a composite letter of recommendations and evaluations for all students in the program who are applying to health-professional school. This composite letter is based on your answers to the HPAC’s professional school candidate information form, meetings with the pre-health professions advisor, and letters of recommendation from professors, employers and personal references.
    • Interview: If all application material is acceptable, you may be invited for an interview at a health-professional school. Be ready to answer questions about your motivation for a career in the health professions, academic performance, health-related experiences and questions relating to issues in the field. You will make a positive impression at the interview through your ability to communicate, develop rapport and demonstrate enthusiasm, poise and confidence.

    For More Information Contact:

    Bruce Liby, Ph.D.
    Chair of Health Professions Advisory Committee and Professor in the Physics
    Phone: 718-862-7899

    Adriane Bilous, Ph.D.
    Associate Director of Graduate Studies and Fellowship Advisement
    Make an Appointment

  • Preparation for Law School

    While there is no single major or minor here at Manhattan College that is a prerequisite for applying to law school, students who do well in the application process have strong analytic and problem solving skills, critical reading skills, writing skills, communication skills, research skills, task management skills and a dedication to public service and promotion of justice, according to the American Bar Association.

    Students are also encouraged to join and actively participate in the Pre-Law Society and the MC Mock Trial Team.

    Interested in joining? Fill out the Google form and someone will contact you - Mock Trial Team Interest Form

    Pre-Law Advising

    We have one pre-law advisor. Please email directly her to schedule an advising appointment. It is important to work with the pre-law advisors throughout the undergraduate process in order to be prepared for the law school application process:

    • Dr. Adriane Bilous, Associate Director of Graduate Studies and Fellowship Advisement, at

    Pre-Law Timeline

    Freshman Year

    September Begin building a solid GPA and necessary skills
    Attend the Pre-Law Welcome Reception
    January Begin researching law schools
    Make an appointment with your pre-law advisor

    Sophomore Year

    September  Continue building a solid GPA and skills

    Attend Law School Open Houses

    Begin investigating internships
    October  Attend the NY Law Forum

    Junior Year

    September  Attend Law School Open Houses
    October  Attend the NY Law Forum
    February Register for the June  or July LSAT
    January-June Prepare for the LSAT. 

    (Register for a test prep class. Kaplan, Princeton Review, Powerscore, Exam Krackers and others all provide excellent preparation for the LSAT.)  YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE GRADE THAT YOU WANT WITHOUT HELP.


    July You will receive your LSAT score.  Re-register for the next LSAT if necessary.
    August-September  Research various law schools and their strong programs. Visit as many as you can. Attend law school admission's events. Meet representatives. Make contacts with alumni.

    Register with the CAS Depository.

     Senior Year

    September  Request letters of recommendation- two letters from your upper level professors and an additional letter from an employer or lawyer whom you have shadowed.
    September-October Begin the first draft of your personal statement.  Review the research that you have already done to determine what information your desired law schools want in their personal statements.

    Begin your law school applications.
    September-November Repeat the LSAT if necessary.
    October Attend the NY Law Forum
    October-November Submit your applications.
    January File for financial aid and scholarship opportunities with the law schools.

    LSAT Preparation

    The Center for Graduate Advisement encourages all pre-law students to begin preparing for the LSAT as early as September of their junior year.  The O’Malley Library offers free LSAT practice tests here.  Interested students are encouraged to speak with an advisor about LSAT preparation programs.

    Pre-Law Mailing List

    Submit the following form to be added to the mailing list for current Manhattan College students and alumni ONLY to receive information about upcoming events, workshops and more. Current Manhattan College students should sign up with their Manhattan College email address.

    Sign Up for Mailing List


    For More Information Contact:

    Dr. Adriane Bilous
    Associate Director of Graduate Studies and Fellowship Advisement
    Make an Appointment

    • Academic Partnership Program with St. John’s University School of Law

      St. John’s University School of Law

      The purpose of the academic partnership between St. John’s University School of Law and Manhattan College is to formalize a 3+3 Combined B.A./B.S. and J.D. Degree Program. The 3+3 Program enables any student at Manhattan College to become first-year law students at St. John’s after completing three-quarters of the total number of credit hours required by Manhattan College and a minimum of 6 semesters for the award of a bachelor’s degree. Following the successful completion of the first year of law school, Manhattan College will award the student the B.A. degree, granting credit for the final year of the bachelor’s degree based on successful completion of the first year of the J.D. After satisfactorily completing the full degree requirements for the Juris Doctor program at St. John’s, the student shall be awarded a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from St. John’s University.

      Students must officially apply for the program no later than March 15 of their freshman year. It is advised that an even earlier application take place so that the proper selection of courses can facilitate the program. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher for all college credits completed at the time of application and must maintain their grade point average until the time of matriculation at St. John’s.  Accepted students must follow a strict sequence of coursework as advised by the Assistant Dean of the School of Liberal Arts in order to participate in the program.  Students must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Recruitment at St. John’s and the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Manhattan College that they will be able to complete the regimen of undergraduate courses in the required time frame.  Additionally, students must demonstrate that they have satisfactorily completed all other degree requirements for the conferral of their bachelor’s degree, once the additional 33 or 34 academic credits from the first year of study at St. John’s have been applied towards completion of their undergraduate degree program. The first year of study at St. John’s is a full-time course of study, and participants in the 3+3 program are not permitted to be concurrently enrolled in any other courses beyond the first year curriculum at St. John’s.

      Students must have a strong LSAT or GRE score at the discretion of the Dean of Admissions at St. John’s. Students should take the LSAT or GRE by winter of their junior year. Students who apply to participate in the 3+3 Program must interview in person or by video conference with a St. John’s admissions counselor.

      Admission is not guaranteed and is very competitive. Students must meet St. John’s criteria for admission. Please note, a particular grade point average, LSAT, or GRE score does not guarantee admission in any particular year, and the standards for admission evolve from year to year. In the event that the student is not accepted into the 3+3 Program, the student will be expected to follow the normal course of study prescribed by Manhattan College for completion of the B.A. or B.S. degree. Failure to be accepted to the School of Law will have no impact on the student’s academic record or standing at Manhattan College.

      Students who, for any reason, fail to successfully complete their first year in the School of Law may return to Manhattan College, receive credit for those courses successfully completed (C or better) in the School of Law, and complete the remaining bachelor’s degree requirements at Manhattan College in order to graduate. Students in the Program shall be eligible for scholarships if their credentials fall within the scholarship distribution range applicable to non 3+3 Program applicants, but no scholarships are guaranteed.

      See Dr. Adriane Bilous ( for more information.