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I am thinking of persuing a MA in Political studies; however, I am currently finsihing my BS in Biology. Do you have any advice?

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Carson’s Answer

This is such a great question and definitely seems to face many college students everyday when pursuing graduate degrees. I think the main question you need to ask is what is the end goal? What is your dream job if you could do anything in the world? Once you answer this question then I think you can have a clearer picture on the direction you should go with your masters. There are ways that politics and biology can go hand in hand. You can use your undergrad degree to be a political activist for climate change, plant and animal life affected by pollution, etc. There are several campaigns that need advisors in so many area's of expertise, so being able to have that in your tool belt could help you become a political advisor. If this isn't of interest to you, then you could easily use your undergrad degree as a way to give back and volunteer to do activism work. I always believe that even if you don't use both of the fields you study in professionally, you should use it as a volunteer platform. I hope this helps!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much, Mr. McGill! You have given me something to ponder about and a new path to consider. I really appreciate your efforts! Marwa
Thank you comment icon Marwa, I'm glad you found it helpful! Best of luck on your career path and I'm happy to answer any additional questions you have. Carson McGill
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Libby’s Answer

I majored in Political Science with a co major in English and minor in History awhile ago. Having worked in a corporate environment supporting small to Enterprise level customers, knowledge of political science has yielded untold benefits. If you find poli sci interesting, it is well worth your time. Being able to write and communicate well are invaluable resources within business and personal endeavors.
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Rachel’s Answer

Your masters degree doesn't seem to have much to do with your bachelor's. If you are just getting a master's because of failure to launch, I would not recommend this course of action. If you have found that your BS in biology will not lead to a fulfilling job for you, and you require a change in course, that is fine. Just make sure your additional education is going to pay off with a career.
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Stephanie’s Answer

That is a really great question! I think the first thing to consider is what did you want to originally do with a biology degree? What are your interests areas and what is it about a Master's in political science that sparks your interests? I would recommend looking at end goals and then working backwards. Also if you can, start networking with individuals working in any of the fields you are interested in. LinkedIn is a great resource for this. Best of luck to you!
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Amber’s Answer

This is a great question. Don't limit yourself to just "political science". The first thing I would recommend doing is taking a look at the difference between political science and international relations. As an international studies undergraduate student, I started out in political science. I absolutely loved my major until I took courses in American National Security and International Relations. Good luck and enjoy the ride!
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