Deciding that you want to go to graduate school can be daunting and confusing.
Questions pop up like,
What kinds of programs am I qualified to apply for?
Do I need to keep studying what I majored in, in undergrad, or switch to something new?
Are there masters programs that let me start fresh?
What skills did I gain from my undergrad that can translate into graduate school?
All of these are valid questions.
The Graduate Admissions office attends to these types of questions quite regularly, with the overall worry being that one won’t be able to switch fields from undergraduate to graduate school.
Our office has programs that can remedy this concern! SUNY Plattsburgh Graduate study has a handful of programs that do not require you to have significant background in the program’s subject (although each program requires some sort of prior coursework that you have likely completed in your undergrad).
Here are your choices…
- Master’s in Adolescence Education, Grades 7–12
- Master’s in Childhood Education, Grades 1–6
- Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Master’s in Student Affairs & Higher Education
- Fitness and Wellness Leadership Master-100% Online Master’s Program
- Communication Sciences & Disorders Certificate Program
If you’re interested in any of the programs above, please contact our office for more information–we would love to talk to you about making a change.
With all of that said, our office wanted to know what changing field of study really looked like–so we got the inside scoop from one our own graduate students. We would like to introduce you to Brooke Layhee, a first semester graduate student in the Student Affairs and Higher Education graduate program. Her undergrad degree is in Mathematics: which she received from SUNY Plattsburgh. Brooke is a perfect example of a student who not only switched field of study, but applied the skills she learned in her undergrad to her graduate studies.
We hope that our prospective students can find wisdom in Brooke’s journey, that our current grads can identify with where she is now, and that our alumni can attest to this graduate program’s welcoming of diversity.
Here’s Brooke’s story…
Once I found this passion, while working with students who wanted to study abroad, and international students, I knew I needed to switch my field of study.
One may believe that mathematics is the furthest thing related to student affairs, but for me it completely relates.
I had the ability to create and follow my own path. My undergraduate experience really prepared me for the course load in graduate school and gave me a unique perspective into many diverse topics.
Be open to opportunities, take them when you can, and stay confident in what makes you the person you are, as that will guide you through these decisions and transitions.
Thank you Brooke, for such an honest and insightful story!
Okay so if all else fails and you’re still freaking out on the inside (and out), find wisdom in the unofficial mascot of Graduate Admissions: the ‘hang in there’ kitty…
But really, if you have any questions or want to set up a meeting with us to talk about your questions, issues, or concerns, please don’t hesitate!
The Graduate Admissions Office is located in room 113 on the first floor of the Kehoe Administration Building.
Phone: (518) 564-4723
Toll-Free: (800) 723-9515 (In U.S. and Canada)
Office Hours (come visit!): Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm