If I have a BS in Psychology, will I be accepted for a MS in Ecology ?
I am a US citizen living in Australia, I have been out of school for 2 1/2 years, and I would like to go back to school to earn a masters in Ecology or a related field. I would like to know if this is possible in the USA, but I want to go to school in Central Europe. Would a foreign school in Austria or Germany accept me for an ecology program if my Bachelor's is in a different scientific field. #science #graduate-school #ecology #study-abroad #Austria #Germany #environmental-science #masters #Europe
Nicola M.’s Answer
I used to work in Student Admissions in Australia so I can share a little here.
The main thing is that each university is different and entry has varying degrees of difficulty. Just because one university says 'No' doesn't mean that they all will. A psychology degree has core skills that are transferrable to many other study areas: particularly the statistics/quant skills. The admissions teams are generally quite responsive and you can always get feedback from them prior to formally applying. If in doubt I would reach out to them. However I would say that it may depend on the grade that you received in your undergrad - they may not take a transfer from another study area if they got a low grade. But a 2.1+ should get you in most places.
The other thing I would bear in mind in Austria & Germany is the language, not all courses are taught in English. I would recommend checking out the Netherlands, Sweden, UK & Ireland. The Netherlands & Sweden have free/very low cost university programs and most are in English. Ireland has slightly higher fees for international students but culturally you would find it will have less friction.
Generally I believe it is possible in the US but the requirements may be different from college to college, so I would recommend reaching out to the schools you are considering to ask this question directly.
Not sure about Europe, so will let somebody else answer the second part.