There are many reasons to change careers:
Maybe you’re disillusioned with your career, or maybe you’re currently working in a dissolving industry, or maybe you’re realigning your personal interests and priorities and want to pursue a career that better reflects those new views.
Whatever your reason, it is, in fact, possible for you to switch careers and pursue one that aligns with your desires and talents.
Life is too short to waste your time on a career that doesn’t bring you fulfillment. And that’s why the Admissions Team here at West Virginia University put together this digital resource: as a way of encouraging you and educating you on how to prepare yourself personally, professionally, and academically to change fields of study and careers.
Let us help guide you on your career-changing journey!
So, let’s go back and dig a little deeper. What are some of the reasons that people change careers? And how do you know if you should be one of the many who do?
According to this resource, these are some of the most likely reasons that people change career fields:
All of these are valid reasons for choosing to switch careers. And there’s no easy way to answer the question above: Only you can be sure of the kind of career that’s going to bring you personal and professional satisfaction.
— Marci Alboher,
A former lawyer turned journalist/author/writing coach/columnist
Here are a few of the traditional graduate degrees that are available to students without a related bachelor’s. You can find a comprehensive list of WVU’s graduate programs here.
First things first. Let WVU help you
Before you can enroll in a graduate degree, you’re probably going to have to take the GRE. In addition to this digital resource, the Admissions team has a variety of existing toolkits available for your reference.
If you’re thinking about taking the GRE, you definitely want to check out this digital toolkit, and this is what you’ll find:
WVU Online is its own unit, made up of enrollment coaches that assist students from the point of inquiry through what is considered a “strong start,” which is the first week of classes. The unit also oversees the registration process for many online programs.
Although an advanced degree can set your career flying, higher education can also crash your bank account if you aren’t strategic regarding financial budgeting. While some programs can be extremely expensive, some online programs allow their students to pay in-state tuition regardless of residency. Keep your career on path by searching for highly-ranked online programs that won’t financially debilitate you.
WVU stands out in this regard as many other universities charge more for out-of-state, online students, while WVU makes exceptions for certain online degrees. Rates are determined by programs rather than courses, meaning, taking a course with a subject not in line with the desired degree will not increase the tuition for a student in a specific program. This allows students to experiment with other fields if their degree has flexibility for elective classes. WVU boasts as a “best value” university since tuition rates are low compared to similar higher education institutions.
Note: In order to apply, students must have completed accredited undergraduate coursework and in some cases, related job experience.
You can check out the rest of WVU Online's graduate programs here.
If you’re considering enrolling in an advanced online program at West Virginia University, you may have some questions about the admissions process and concerns regarding what it would actually mean for you to enroll in an online graduate program.
In this digital resource page, you’ll find:
My name is Korina Layli Menking- Hoggatt, and I’m 32 years old. I was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Charleston, WV. I am the oldest of 3 children, my brother is 6 years younger and my sister is 10 years younger, so I have spent my whole life being the older sister and a role model.
It was only when I became older that I thought of myself as a leader and noticed how much influence my actions have on my siblings and others.
I graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from West Virginia State University in 2009.
I completed my graduate degree in Forensic & Investigative Science in the fall of 2017.
I’m pursuing my Ph.D. in Forensic & Investigative Science.
l always wanted to be within the forensic field, but the path to medical school to become a forensic pathologist was not meant for me, and I wanted to stay in the state of West Virginia while I pursued my degrees.
I reached out the Department of Forensic & Investigative Science at WVU, and by talking to an academic advisor, I realized that this was the path I was meant to be on!
From my research, back in the day, I knew I needed a STEM path.
Chemistry provided instrumentation and analytical techniques that would compliment the later research I hoped to do.
My advisor has been involved and able to give my nontraditional situation the attention it needed.
My favorite thing about WVU is being a part of the positive image of the state of West Virginia. We are a truly unique state with wonderful opportunities and a resilient spirit.
WVU’s Admissions professionals hope that this guide has been helpful in informing you of the various academic options here at WVU.
Here’s a bit more information on West Virginia University as an institution: West Virginia University is located in beautiful Morgantown, WV, a community noted for its central location near Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, and New York City. Founded in 1867 as a land-grant institution, WVU promises to “… deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world.”
The stimulating graduate community of scholar-teachers and passionate learners at WVU creates an environment that welcomes your desire to grow, to learn, and to add to the growing body of knowledge in your field. As a WVU graduate learner, you engage in internationally recognized academic programs.
If you want more information about graduate admission requirements, financial aid, or to learn more about the graduate application process, visit WVU’s Office of Graduate Admissions & Recruitment website.
Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
West Virginia University
Phone: 304-293-5980 Fax:304-293-1147
150 Clay Street
Morgantown, WV 26506