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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

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Nicola M.’s Answer

Hi Sam,

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.

Good luck!
Thank you comment icon Thanks Nicola! I was admitted to a University in Germany. It is interdisciplinary and focuses on environmental science. Contacting the admissions team or international office, to ask if you meet the requirements, saves time and effort. Your recommendations for other countries is helpful. Many countries within the EU have been raising their rates lately, but these Universities are still affordable compared to US universities. I know another Yank who was recently admitted to a University in Scotland. Thanks again! Sam
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Raya’s Answer

Hi Sam

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.

Good luck!
Raya
Thank you comment icon Thank you for your response and taking the time to help me out! Sam
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