Ask GetIn: Can I Apply For Masters In A Field Totally Different From What I Studied In My Undergrad?
Updated: Jun 20, 2019
Yes, you can. Schools generally encourage applications from students into different programs
regardless of their academic backgrounds. You should be prepared to illustrate and convince the
admission committee of what sparked your interest in the new field and also what you have done
to nurture and develop this interest e.g. relevant coursework, internship in the field, personal
experience, volunteer work.
Taking the subject test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) relevant to the field may also be a good way to display adequate knowledge of the subject area.
If you are a recent graduate and you are looking to make this switch, it is advisable to get a few
years of work experience in the new field before applying to graduate school. Other factors to
consider are whether or not you have completed the prerequisite courses required for the degree.
For example, if you have a background in History and you wish to switch to Computer Science,
you may be required to complete courses in Statistics or Mathematics. Some schools offer these
prerequisites in the summer before school begins or would allow you take these classes during
your first year. However, not all schools would be flexible with this. Again, it is best to consult
with an admissions officer/ advisor to know the school’s policy on this.
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