Graduate School: Continuing Masters with a Different Major?

Did you know that you can just go to graduate school and study a different study than what you've done in your bachelors. Wait, you can do that? Well, you most definitely can! Some graduate studies accept fresh bachelor graduates coming from almost every area of studies! Read along to find out how this is possible and what type of grad studies usually offer this.

How do I go to graduate school with a different major?


Step 1: Prepare the basic qualification necessary

Well, you would first of all, of course, need your bachelor's degree. Basically, this degree can be about something that does not relate at all to your graduate studies. However, it is necessary because it would be hard to convince some grad school that you have the motivation to take the subject.

You need to at least have what the basics of the postgraduate study you're about to take requires. Every study has their own specific qualification to fulfill. That is why it is probably wise to take a 3 month to full year break to fully qualify this step.

Step 2: Join any voluntary work

If possible (like 2-3 hours a week), do something that has to do with the major you are about to study. This shows that you have the relevant experience in the study. Basically, showing relevant experience will help you write your personal statement and your interview.

In your personal statement, you can express your passion and will for the postgraduate study. For example by using your experiences. It shows that you are willing to spend time and effort for the study.


What are the postgraduate studies that do allow this system?


1. Masters in Architecture (M.Arch.)

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First we have a Masters in Architecture. There are a lot of postgraduate architecture programs that accept qualifications from different studies.  Usually, this program would take 3 years for those with different bachelors. However, for those who have taken bachelors in architecture, it would take only 2 years for them.

2. Masters in Business (MBA)

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Next, we have an MBA. There are a lot of MBA programs that offer candidates with a variety of academic qualifications and experience. This is usually a very nice intake for someone who's planning to just get to know the corporate world.

3. Masters in Counselling Psychology 

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Then, we have a Masters in Counselling Psychology. This program doesn't really require a similar type of study. They would normally ask students to at least have 4-5 subjects in their original degree that relates to psychology. The list of subjects that is necessary usually differs per the specification you want.

4. Masters in Human Resources

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Next, we have a Masters in Human Resources; an amazing program for all those who want to analyse people and work in the corporate world altogether! Basically, this program states that any bachelors degree would do! The only requirement is the will of the students to go forth with 3 years of all economic and business related studies.

5. Masters in Interior Design

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Basically, almost all master studies in interior design accept those coming from different areas of studies. They can all get their graduates by going through 3 years of education. While those coming from the same study can graduate in 2 years.

6. Masters in Journalism

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Basically, if you are really a good writer, then any qualification for this masters will not be a problem. Technically, you can also write an amazing story and send it to a magazine. As you can see, this would get you offers to write more, and this would make you pop out more in comparison to other writers. An example of a graduate school with this qualification is Columbia University.

7. Masters in Social Work (MSW)

Yes, there is actually a graduate school for social work. Known as the goody two-shoes major, you don't really need anything specific to study this. All you need is a 2 year study period max to have that degree!

So with this list, you don't have to worry if things don't work out in the future. However, be careful of some postgraduate studies. But why is that? Well, click here to learn why!

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