Did you know that you can just go to graduate school and study a different subject than what you've done for 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 programs offer this.
How do I go to graduate school with a different major?
Step 1: Prepare the basic qualifications necessary
Well, first of all, you need a bachelor's degree. Basically, this degree can be on a subject that does not relate to the graduate studies you want to pursue. However, it is recommended to get a bachelor's in the same area or field as your potential master's because this makes it easier to convince grad schools that you have the motivation to take the subject.
You need to at least have the basics required by the postgraduate study you're about to take. Every study has its own specific qualifications to fulfill. That is why it is probably wise to take a 3 month to full year break to fully validate this step.
Step 2: Do 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 relevant experience in the field. 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 program by using those experiences. This shows that you are willing to spend time and effort on researching that field.
What are the postgraduate studies that allow this system?
1. Masters in Architecture (M.Arch.)
First, we have the Masters in Architecture. There are a lot of postgraduate architecture programs that accept qualifications from different studies. Usually, this program takes 3 years for those with different bachelors. However, for those who have a bachelors in architecture, it takes only 2 years.
2. Masters in Business (MBA)
Next, we have an MBA. There are a lot of MBA programmes in various European business schools that are catered to candidates with a variety of academic backgrounds and experience. An MBA is a very nice experience for someone who's planning to just get to know the corporate world.
3. Masters in Counselling Psychology
Masters in Counselling Psychology programs don't really require a psychology degree. They normally ask students to at least have 4-5 subjects in their undergraduate degree that relate to psychology. The list of subjects that is necessary usually depends on the specification and degree.
4. Masters in Human Resources
A Masters in Human Resources is an amazing program for all those who want to analyze people and work in the corporate world! Basically, this program has no degree prerequisites, which means that any bachelors degree will do! The only requirement is the students' motivation to go on with 3 years of economic and business related studies.
5. Masters in Interior Design
Basically, almost all master programs in interior design accept those coming from different undergraduate studies. They can all get their diploma by going through 3 years of the program; those coming from the same study can graduate in 2 years.
6. Masters in Journalism
Basically, if you are really a good writer, then your undergraduate qualification will not be a problem for this masters. Technically, you can also write an amazing story and send it to a magazine. This would get you offers to write more and would make you stand 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 to have that degree!