Austin College offers excellent pre-professional preparation for graduate and professional schools. If grad school is your goal, consult with your faculty mentor to select an appropriate major in keeping with grad/professional school requirements in your desired field.
For Law, Health Sciences, Engineering, and Ministry, there are special pre-professional advisers who will help you every step of the way.
Graduate Programs Available at Austin College
Master of Medical Science - Physician Assistant (PA) Program
At Austin College, the PA program strives to impart the knowledge, skills, professional behavior, and concepts of medical humanities that graduates must acquire to deliver compassionate, high-quality healthcare to each patient along their professional journey. The PA Program curriculum is an integrated set of courses that extends 24 months, beginning with 13 months of intensive didactic classroom training followed by an 11-month clinical phase. Upon degree completion, graduates go on to take a national certifying exam and practice as physician assistants/associates. Students must complete at least a bachelor's degree before matriculating into the PA program.
Austin College has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Austin College PA program anticipates matriculating its first class in June 2024, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the September 2023 ARC-PA meeting.
Accreditation – Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. The PA program at Austin College will not commence in the event that provisional accreditation is not received. This means that students will not matriculate into the program and any deposits that have been made will be refunded. The Austin College PA program is also pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The Education department at Austin College is committed to preparing the next generation of teacher leaders. Through this five-year Master of Arts program, you can earn your BA degree while also taking graduate education courses. This accelerated programs allows you to complete your bachelor’s degree, get your teaching certification, and complete your master’s degree in as little as 4.5 years.
Texas Tech at Austin College Master’s Programs
Texas Tech at Austin College gives you the opportunity to earn a master’s degree from Texas Tech University at Austin College. Three different graduate degrees were initially proposed: a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Innovation, a Master of Arts in Technical Communication, and a Master of Public Administration. As of Spring 2022, the Master of Arts in Strategic Communication is available to qualifying Austin College students through the various pathways noted below. More information on the other degrees will follow soon.
For more information:
J. Christopher Hebert
Assistant Professor of Practice
Texas Tech and Austin College Partnership Director
WCC 226 (Posey Leadership Suite)
Texas Tech and Austin College Partnership Program
Master’s in Mass Communication
A Clear Path to Graduate School
Gateways to Grad School
The Austin College “Gateways to Grad School” program makes it simpler for Austin College students get into and pay for graduate school. Through our graduate school partners, you can access special admission offers and scholarships. You may also have the opportunity to take summer courses with your graduate school program that will earn you undergraduate credit at Austin College and graduate-level course work for your program.