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  1. There seem to be a lot of threads asking the same thing popping up lately and I figured it might make sense to make an overall guide thread and then those who feel their answers still haven’t been adequately answered can post below for an idea of what their chances are. Here is a brief rundown of factors affecting your likelihood of getting into top-tier and well respected programs. If you fall below par in any one of these factors you can bump it up by being stellar in one of the others. I'll add to this if others point out other things I've left out. School requirements: Your first stop should be the school admissions website – this will tell you what prerequisites you need, give you an idea of GRE and GPA requirements and what work experience is expected (if any) GPA: From what I’ve seen/read over the years any GPA over 3.4 and you should be competitive. That’s not to say if your GPA is lower than 3.4 you’ll have no chance, but if you have a GPA above 3.4 you should be in good shape. GRE score: GRE scores seem to be most important for schools with demanding quantitative programs and for securing the top financial aid. Most schools will state the average GRE scores for their incoming classes on their website – use these to see how competitive you are. By and large you should be competitive if you score over 650 on verbal and quantitative and over 4.0 on the AWA. For the top schools over 700 seems to be closer to the mark. Work experience: For most programs it will be expected that you have at least 1-2 years of relevant experience in your field. This can be lowered a little if you have other pseudo-relevant work experience (management in the for-profit sector etc.) but you should have shown some level of professional interest in the area you hope to study at grad school. Applicants coming straight out of undergrad may find it very hard to get into the programs aimed more at junior/mid-career professionals such as Johns Hopkins SAIS and Princeton’s WWS. Language skills: For a lot of programs being able to speak a second language is a must, while for others it is just a very good selling point. If you can show experience working in a foreign language this will show adaptability and will endear schools looking to enrol a diverse group of applicants. Quantitative requirements: A lot of schools will want you to show experience in micro/macroeconomics and some maths/statistics courses. You can fullfil these through undergrad classes or by taking courses at a community college/diploma program. Overseas experience (work, study and teaching): Work overseas and study abroad are also viewed extremely favourably by admissions committees and if you have taught English abroad, worked in the Peace Corps or otherwise gained experience living in a developing country this will really strengthen your application. It also shows you to be a go-getter, and that you can bring this outside experience to grad school study. Statement of Purpose: This is where it all comes together. This is your chance to impress the admission committee and show how your personal 'arc' has brought you to this point - being the perfect addition to their grad school. This more than any other part of your application will determine how admit committees view you as an applicant and it's also one of the only application variables that's completely under your control. Having a cohesive narrative that brings together life experience, past academic history and professional experience is a must. It also gives you a great chance to showcase your writing style - so make sure no grammar/spelling mistakes make it into your final revision. Great list of SOP pitfalls If your profile matches at least 3 or 4 of the criteria listed above then you are competitive to apply to an MPA/MPP/IR program. What is most important about any grad school application is showing fit – that is how your profile matches the speciality of that school and its program. If you can’t articulate compelling reasons why you are a good match for them and vice versa, question whether you should be applying to that program. A note on applying to top schools: It is worth noting that nobody here can tell you what your chances of getting into a top program (Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown etc.) because getting into a top program requires a certain amount of luck as well as a great profile. Some people get offers from Harvard with a 2.9 GPA, but also happen to have singlehandedly retaken an allied command post in the Korengal valley. It’s down to who reads your application and what they happen to be looking for with the current application cycle. Spend time improving the elements of your application that you can (GRE, work experience, languages) and don’t waste time freaking out about the things you can’t change (GPA). If you’ve read all of the above and really still can’t tell if your application is competitive, post your profile below.
  2. Hello! I have a 4.0 in finance from Iowa State University. I did a research project (15 page paper) on real estate finance for my honors project, so also graduated in the honors program. I've held two full time 8 month internships in real estate finance, and corporate accounting. I also started a real estate club at ISU, was state president of a business organization, and was highly involved in investment groups and other activities. i have been working as a broker for the past year. I'm sure I could put a positive spin on that somehow. I got a 167 verbal, and a 168 quant score on my GRE. I also got a 6 on the AWA portion. I'd love to go to either Stern or Booth for a PhD in finance, but I am concerned about applying. I have no research experience where I was working for faculty. My letters of recommendation are alright, but not from professors I have actually worked with. I'll be applying for the fall 2017 term either way. Do you think it would be best to get my masters in finance at ISU first, just to get some research experience and better letters? Or do you think I should apply straight to Stern and Booth? What else do I need to get into these competitive programs? Even with my grades and such, am I competitive?
  3. Hi all - I'm an electrical engineering graduate from the Class of 2017, and will be applying to grad schools this cycle for the Fall of 2019 (M.S. program in the same discipline). Unfortunately, I'm one of those people looking to get in somewhere with a bad GPA - specifically, a sub-3.0 GPA. It's literally right around the 3.0 cutoff (2.95), but my major GPA is lower than that; it's a B- average. I took a look at my transcript, and there really isn't anything good that I can take to shed any kind of positive light on either one of my GPAs. There is no significant upward trend at any point, and I didn't have any "special circumstances" that severely limited my ability to study and get good grades. The only upward trend that I've got is a jump from around a 2.86 my freshman year to a 3.05 during my sophomore year, but a measly jump like that during my underclassman years is insignificant. My academic marks as an undergraduate were pretty much always stagnant, and remained around a 3.0 until the very last moment. My reasons for the poor marks? I was involved, yes, but nothing crazy by normal standards. What really killed me, though, was my personality. I wasn't lazy, and I wasn't a party-goer. I was just afraid to ask questions, even when I didn't understand something. When I first stepped foot on campus, I had absolutely no background in the STEM fields aside from mandatory coursework at the high school level. In my first engineering class, I was taken aback by how much everybody else already knew about the discipline. Lecture material went right over my head, and I could not find any openings to jump into during discussions. I felt dumb as heck, but I tried to shoulder the burden on my own, tying myself to online resources and other methods that I could try from the comfort of my own laptop. Looking back, what I was afraid of wasn't really looking dumb in front of my professors; it was looking dumb in front of my peers, the guys and girls with whom I would be friends, colleagues, and acquaintances for at least the next four years. If you take out the disappointing academic performance, however, I do think that I can remain fairly competitive with a lot of other applicants out there. I went to a fairly well-regarded university ranked in the top 25. Among other things, I was involved in a design team, did a big-time internship at a big-time company, served as president of a professional organization, and am fortunate enough to be working as an electrical engineer post-graduation doing stuff that pretty much have everything to do with the line of study I would like to pursue in graduate school. But - graduate school is all about business, and you're not there to mess around. GPA still matters a lot, and I realize that. Here's my question to you all - I've read a lot of posts on people who have had bad uGPAs, but have had legitimate reasons for the bad marks - be it depression, family problems, or health problems. I've got none of that - I was just too afraid of looking dumb, and, in a way - too prideful to admit my deficiencies early on by asking for help. If there's one thing that I do have to say to that, it's that I really feel like I've improved on this attitude after starting to work as a full-time engineer. In school, I could remain in my little shell, but nobody would bat an eye - I could save my "embarrassment" at the expense of my GPA, but it was all private to me. At work, trying to act like I knew how to do things when I really didn't can lead to a bad product, strained relationships with clients, a bad reputation, and getting the axe - the list is endless. Performance has everything to do with job security. I swallowed my pride and approached work with humility, asking questions as often as I could, no matter how dumb - looking back now, one full year later, I can say that I really have learned a lot not just about my discipline, but about communication, as well. Can addressing something like this in my SOP help me come off as a more mature and prepared candidate for admission, or is that 2.95 on my transcript - especially since I have nobody to blame but me - going to keep admission committees skeptical about my potential and seriousness? In general, if you've got nobody to blame for bad marks but yourself, what's the best way to approach that issue in your writing? If there's one thing that I am absolutely confident about, it's my writing skills - I just don't want to get off on the wrong foot and jeopardize my chances. I have my range of schools that I am shooting for, but to put things into perspective - the schools that are higher on that list (i.e. my dream schools) are places like Texas (Austin), UCLA, and UCSD. I realize that some of these places have explicit GPA cutoffs of 3.0, and the average GPAs of admitted students is way up above the clouds, but f**k it, I'm going to shoot my shot anyway. Thanks!
  4. I am currently applying to a UC University and the application asks for "Last two year GPA." What exactly does that mean? Background Info: Fall 2021= 12 hour enrollment Summer 2021= 6 hours Spring 2021= 12 hours Fall 2020=15 hours Summer 2020=8 hours Spring 2020= 12 hours Fall 2019=12 hours I have read countless posts on this, but everyone is saying something different. Here is what I have heard so far: 1. It is your junior and senior year GPA's, even though at time of application Spring 2022 still has yet to occur. 2. It is whatever 60 hours equals out to in your semesters. 3. You should take your Sophomore and Junior year GPA's As you can see I am very confused, so any help would be much appreciated.
  5. So long story short, I had health and family issues during the first and second year of my undergrad. That was on top of being put into a major which I was not comfortable with (psychology), but went along with because I did not know any better. My junior year I switched my major to English literature, added two minors, and have been on the dean's list for 3 semesters now (currently 5th year). I am now looking to apply to grad schools but am scared that I might not have a chance. My grades are as follows: CGPA: 2.85 (should be to 3.0 upon graduating) English Major GPA: 3.61 Minor GPA: 3.80 Since switching majors I have not earned anything lower than a B and even that is on a rare occasion (only two B's). Maintained a 4.0 for 3 semesters as well while taking heavy courses. I have glowing letters of recommendation and am involved in 3-4 university sponsored groups. In your opinion, do I have a chance of getting into graduate schools?
  6. I'm currently a junior majored in French and minored in German at a Big-Ten University. I want to pursue a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. I've decided on my senior thesis topic and already started working on it. I also have a close relationship with some of my professors so I think the recommendation letters are also easy to get. However, my main concern is about my GPA. I took many different classes (Finance, Chemistry, Physics, Maths) for the first two years and I got low grades for some of them. However, I got all As for my major and minor courses. My GPA now is around 3.6 and I'm trying to reach 3.7 at the time of applying. My question is that does the admission committee focus on major GPA more or cumulative GPA? Will a 3.5/3.6 cumulative GPA affect the overall competence? Thank you!
  7. Hi all, I've just discovered grad cafe - this is my first post. I am planning to apply to a handful of Epi PhD programs for Fall 2022. I am wondering - broadly - about the importance admissions committees give to graduate GPA vs undergraduate GPA. My undergrad was 15 years ago in a completely unrelated field (foreign language) and is only ~3.2 . My grad school MS is in quantitative data analysis is recent and is 4.0, so obviously much higher and much more related to epidemiology. But I know graduate school in general has the reputation of inflated grades, so I don't know how much weight committees would give it. My undergrad GPA is below the average for a few schools I'm interested in and I don't know if my grad GPA might potentially make up for it. Thoughts?
  8. Hello! I am going to be applying for clinical psychology PhD programs in the Fall (hoping to start in Fall 2022). I am currently obtaining a B.A. in psychology with a minor in gender and women's studies and have a 4.0. I have been working in a research lab since my freshman year (and I am joining a 2nd one this summer) and have experience as an undergrad T.A. for two semesters. I am not too great at standardized tests and just took a GRE practice exam with a pretty bad quant score. I also have not been in very many clubs throughout my undergrad, because I was busy working and performing in my university's choral program. What are some things that I can do this semester to boost my application? Additionally, what are some things that I can do to boost my quantitative score (I am pretty bad at math and it scares me!)? I am worried that my lack of participation in student clubs/bad math score might jeopardize my admission to some schools, what are your tips? Thank you so much, I greatly appreciate it!!
  9. Hey guys! I am a Mechanical Engineering (major) and Math (minor) student who goes to UCF for undergrad. I am, however, out of state and from Georgia. My #1 choice of getting my masters is at Georgia Tech but I have UCF as a backup since I am in their BS-MS program. I also applied to UF to have the choice of three graduate schools. Thus, I have taken two graduate courses (applied mathematical methods for engineers and turbines for sustainable power). I also intern at one of the world's top gas turbine producers and have been here for 1 yr and 3 months. I'm also a Resident Assistant and have been in ASME & Mech Eng Honor Society. On top of this, I did some volunteering that I connected to my aspirations in engineering in my SOP. Idk if it matters for GT, but I'm a resident of Georgia. Tldr: Applying to UF, UCF, GT. Thank you! Applied to: Applied to UF, UCF, and GT. I am in the UCF BS-MS program, so my acceptance is certified. Undergrad Institution: UCF Mechanical Engineering Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering major with mathematics minor. I have taken all classes relating to thermofluids thus far (found my specialization). Years out of undergrad: 0 (In senior year of undergrad) GPA: 3.73/4.0 , All As during Senior Year, including summer, and mostly As in Junior year (2 B+s). Upper level GPA much higher than lower. GRE: not required Applicable Background: MATLAB, Mathcad, SolidWorks Relevant Work Experience: For 1 yr and 3 months, I have been interning at a top tier turbine producing company while going to school full-time. This experience directly connects to my desired focus in my masters since I want to go into thermofluids and the study thereof. I have also been a Resident Assistant for 2 years and 2 months, working for the university. While I know this RA job is unrelated to my major, I hope my ability to mediate conflicts and instruct a large group of people effectively will affect the admissions. Languages: English ; Patois is spoken in my household. Ethnicity: African-American Strength of SOP: Realistically, I'd give my SOP a 7/10 or 8/10, so not the best nor the worst. Strength of extra material essays: These are a strong 9/10 for GT. Strength of LOR: Definite strong recommendation from current turbine company employer, previous Resident Assistant boss who oversaw all RAs and supervisors, and a third from my Mechanical Engineering Senior Design advisor (solar desalination plant) and current professor for a graduate course I am taking (intermediate heat transfer). No research - stopping at Masters. I really appreciate it
  10. Hi, So, I am seriously considering applying for an MPA in the fall of 2022, but I want to know how realistic my aspirations are. As some background on me, I graduated with dual Honor's degrees in Political Science and Anthropology in 2019 as Summa Cum Laude (top 1% of class) from my state school. I also was awarded the undergraduate research scholar for my thesis and working in my Honor college's think tank. I also was awarded many merit scholarships. Before graduating, I was in an array of very competitive law mentorship programs, but I had a change of heart in my senior year and went to the nonprofit world. I have only taken a cold practice GRE, but I got a 159 verbal and 155 quant (I plan to raise these both to the 160s). I now work for a nonprofit that serves about 7,000 at-risk kids annually and has a $5m budget. I have increased the fundraising section I am in by over 65%, and my funds account for about 70% of the annual budget now. I also did some specialized campaigns during COVID to fundraise for lost revenue, so no one was laid off or furloughed. Anyhow, it looks like I may be getting a small promotion and begin engaging in all of our government relations within the next six months. I am also going to coauthor a manuscript for publication with a professor I know. I want to go to HKS because of its fantastic array of courses and incredible research centers. My state is sort of isolated and would benefit so profoundly from these ideas. I want to restructure advocacy work in my state to empower members of my community and create lasting change. All that being said, I genuinely cannot figure out how competitive the acceptance rate is for the MPA at HKS and other schools. I worry my lack of a prestigious alma matter, other advanced degrees, and only four years of work experience will work against me. I would appreciate your thoughts so much.
  11. Hi, I graduated from college last year. My majors are economics and health science. My overall GPA is 2.8. I do not know if I have any chances to go to graduates school. I took a GRE test in Sep this year but I only got 299 in verbal and quantitative parts, and 3 in analytical writing. People around me most get at least a 3.0 GPA for applying for graduate school in the United States. Yes, I was an international student and moved back to my home country after I graduated. I have some friends who have the same GPA as me, but they decided to apply for graduate school in the U.K. or Australia. However, I still want to go to a graduate school in the U.S. I remember that I went to the career center and asked my advisor about how I can go to graduate school. She said I could go, but I needed to get a 320 GRE test score and tried to be a research assistant for a professor to prove that I can do research. I also heard about some master's professional studies programs. My advisor and professor suggested that I should not go there, but some of my friends think that it is a chance to go to the top 30 universities in the U.S. I feel that going to some professional studies programs can save time because it is usually short. My family thinks that my age is not competitive enough in the labor market. Yes, I am from a population-dense country, most companies or institutions have age requirements for the employee. I do not know if I should retake GRE. Now, I am a research assistant in a researching center, but some people also tell me that being a research assistant is not enough, and I should think about if I can publish a paper with my professor. That sounds too hard for me. It gives me a strike on my confidence.
  12. Hi every one. I have a question and it's kinda emergency. Can you please help? I got the admission for Mcmaster university for fall 2017 master program and I accepted the offer, but the problem is that the offer is a conditional one. It states that (here is the exact sentences from the offer): This offer is conditional upon the receipt of an official transcript confirming that your Bachelor's degree has been conferred with at least a B- average in the final year (in the discipline you are entering) I assume B- is equal to 2.7/4. I understand that B- is not a high GPA but the problem is that last semester, I did not do well at all. Currently, I am studying for my final exams (for the last semester) but I'm afraid I cannot meet this condition. My professor is very interested to have me in his research group and my overall GPA is still above the minimum required to be accepted in McMaster, but I predict my final year GPA will not be so good. I am really worried about the situation. Will my offer really be rescinded if I don't meet the condition or I can do something about it? Thank you
  13. Hi, I graduated from college last year. My majors are economics and health science. My overall GPA is 2.8. I do not know if I have any chances to go to graduates school. I took a GRE test in Sep this year but I only got 299 in verbal and quantitative parts, and 3 in analytical writing. People around me most get at least a 3.0 GPA for applying for graduate school in the United States. Yes, I was an international student and moved back to my home country after I graduated. I have some friends who have the same GPA as me, but they decided to apply for graduate school in the U.K. or Australia. However, I still want to go to a graduate school in the U.S. I remember that I went to the career center and asked my advisor about how I can go to graduate school. She said I could go, but I needed to get a 320 GRE test score and tried to be a research assistant for a professor to prove that I can do research. I also heard about some master's professional studies programs. My advisor and professor suggested that I should not go there, but some of my friends think that it is a chance to go to the top 30 universities in the U.S. I feel that going to some professional studies programs can save time because it is usually short. My family thinks that my age is not competitive enough in the labor market. Yes, I am from a population-dense country, most companies or institutions have age requirements for the employee. I do not know if I should retake GRE. Now, I am a research assistant in a researching center, but some people also tell me that being a research assistant is not enough, and I should think about if I can publish a paper with my professor. That sounds too hard for me. It gives me a strike on my confidence.
  14. So I am trying to get started in museum work and I don't know where to start. I have applied to grad schools for the past 2 years (and rejected, waitlisted from my favorite and told to reapply) but because of a bad year from a disability during my undergrad degree, my GPA is less than a 3.0. I have a high GRE score and good grades since then. I have been teaching for ~2 years since then and know that museums are what I want to do. Should I take more undergrad classes, get a second bachelors, get a graduate certificate, reapply to grad school again anyway, get an online masters, or wait for jobs to be posted even though I'm not qualified without the degree? I have no direction of where to go from here . I had a full-time job with a company before COVID which obviously laid everyone off so now I'm living with my parents again and it's personally not good for me so I am trying to move out/on as FAST as possible. Also I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere so even the small museums here aren't open yet for volunteering.
  15. Hi everyone! Really sorry about this post. I am new here on Grad Cafe and working on my applications to graduate school (21 Fall) right now, and I am really nervous. It would be really helpful if you guys could take a look and provide me some feedback on my profile. (This is similar to What are my chances post....I found some links in the pinned post not validated anymore...Again I apologize for this....) I am currently a senior in UIUC with a crappy GPA of 3.4/4.0 (many Bs, some As, one C) majoring in Astronomy + Physics minoring Math. Here are some details about my profile: Have taken a handful of graduate-level courses. (I have better grades in 4&5 level courses actually.) 3 Years of research experience. (2 projects) 2 publication. One on PNAS (editor's choice), one ApJ. (not first-author) 1 first-author publication in progress. (may not be done by the application deadline.) will submit to MNRAS 3 recommendations from research-related faculty Nuclear particle physics summer school (FRIB). (can't apply to REU due to citizenship.) No GRE Physics test score due to COVID I found a faculty in the Harvard Astronomy Department who is taking students, and I am super-interested in his work. I have contacted him and had zoom conversations with him already. (I did not mention my GPA.) I really want to join his group after graduation, but I am deeply worried that my low GPA will deny me from entering a prestigious school like Harvard (Although the professor I am interested in encouraged me to apply). I am wondering that if it is possible for me to be admitted? Also, are there any suggestions that I can look into while still preparing for the application? Again, I deeply apologize for this potentially annoying post. PS: the professor I am interested in want me to mention our contact in my PS, how will that impact my application?
  16. Dear all, New member here. I am thinking of applying to Rockefeller, and wondering if anyone here will be applying to their Biosciences PhD program this Fall? I would really appreciate any general information and advice about the application process from individuals who have already been accepted in previous years and how current applicants are preparing in general, as well as things like non-official GPA requirements (Current GPA is 3.3, it can be fixed but will be known after application deadline ... is it worth applying?). Many thanks in advance.
  17. I am a 27 year old economist with 3 years of professional experience in data science. I finally made up my mind about studying a master's in data science and plan to send in my applications as soon as October to multiple schools in the UK and Canada. Unfortunately, I do not meet the so called 2:1 honors degree requirement. A 2:1 degree is the equivalent to an 8.5 out of 10 in my country's system and I'm a long way off, sitting at 8 out of 10. How will this impact my applications? I would like to know whether or not schools will immediately reject me. Has anyone here been in a similar situation? If so, what was the outcome? None of the programs I'm applying to require a GRE score (although most of them do encourage you to include it in your application). I will take the test soon. In your experience, will a good score improve my odds of getting in? Here's a little bit of context regarding my options (in no particular order): University of Toronto, LSE, King's College and the University of Edinburgh.
  18. Hi! I'm really interested in the MCIT (on campus) at UPenn, but I guess it might be pretty tough for me to get accepted. I'm from Germany and I have recently finished by bachelor's in business studies. I don't know my official GPA score yet, because I haven't had any transcript evaluation done so far, but my grade should be equal to a GPA of 3.4 (maybe slightly higher like 3.44). According to my bachelor's certificate I was among the top 8.2% students of that degree (out of 1900), but I don't know if that's good enough. Some more facts about me: - My grades in both of my maths classes and in a class that covered some basic vba programming and database knowledge were quite good (4.0, 3.7, 3.7) - I did a special program with an integrated trainee program at a big industrial corporation besides my studies => I usually had to work during exam phase and had to study in the evening or take a vacation to focus on my exams; I also had to take additional exams for my professional education and earn some additional credits during my first few semesters to cope with the high workload during my last semester (part-time job, thesis, classes); the good thing is: I've gained a lot of work experience in various departments and I got the chance to work abroad (in Europe) for two months - I also spent a semester abroad in China and took two Chinese classes at university (only got credits for one of them) - Apart from my job and my international experiences, my extracurricular activities are not very exciting - After my bachelor's, I got a job offer at the company I did my trainee program at an I'm now working there as a sales controller What do you think of my chances to get admitted if I reach a good GRE score? I'm just not sure if it even makes sense for me to get prepared for the GRE if I will be rejected anyway because of my GPA.
  19. Hi there, does anyone know how Dalhousie calculates GPA when a third year on exchange in Europe is involved?
  20. Hi all, My first post on grad cafe- wahoo! I have a question regarding GPA and how much trend matters for admission into top-20 poli sci phd programs. My overall GPA currently sits at about a 3.5GPA, however, this is due to my first 2 semesters averaging a 2.96, while the following 3 semesters have averaged a 3.9GPA. There a couple of reasons for this split that are unimportant, but the question still stands- how much does this trend matter? Will they evaluate me as they evaluate any other applicant with a 3.5 GPA, or will they put more emphasis on my recent coursework? Obviously GPA is a small part of the equation when it comes to getting into grad school, but an important part nonetheless, so I am curious as to how my application will be received. I have pretty strong GRE scores (167V, 162Q) so I am looking at T-20 schools. What do y'all think? Thanks!!!
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    hi all! I have a question about a school I am currently interested in. I have a professor advocating for my admission, obviously it is not guaranteed but what's the likelihood of being accepted? also, for some reason, i am freaking out that i may have reported the incorrect gpa. if a school is said that they will consider the last 90 units should i have reported that gpa or do they calculate it?
  22. Hey Everyone!, a newbie to this forum here! I am a prospective student who will be applying to the MS Computer Science Program at Georgia Tech. I have a unique doubt. I have already submitted a Ph.D. application (ML Ph.D. program) at Georgia Tech. But according to this link (https://grad.gatech.edu/helpdesk/knowledgebase.php?article=7), a student is allowed to have two open applications per semester. So, my first question is that then it should not be a problem if I decide to apply to the MS CS Program, given that I have another submitted application already, right? Second, if I am allowed to apply to the MS CS Program, I have another doubt, the deadline for the Ph.D. Program was December 15th, and I will be submitting the MS application by February 1st. And since I am in the last year of my undergraduate studies, I now have the results of my Fall Semester with me as well, so the transcript I will be submitting with the MS CS Program will be the updated one and will be different from the transcript associated with my already submitted Ph.D. application, will this cause any issue in any regards? One Side note: the ML Ph.D. application was submitted to the Industrial Department while the MS in CS one will be forwarded to the School of Computer Science. I want to submit my updated transcript because I scored a perfect 10/10 GPA in my latest sem & so it increased my GPA by 0.08. Since it is a competitive program, I think this will give me an advantage. Since I am in a time crunch, sorry if I did not adhere to any of the rules of the forum, Hoping to hear a reply from you people in regards to both queries as soon as possible. I tried contacting Georgia Tech with this query but to no avail.
  23. Guys I need urgent help! I am applying to materials science and engineering department of texas a&m university and their application requires me to convert my GPA by multiplying it with amount of credit earned. The problem is I do not know anything about the credit system. My undergraduate institution (Panjab University) does not have a credit system and hence I don't know how much credit hours I have earned during my bachelor's degree. Also, TAMU's website states that "Total credit hours are the total amount of hours earned for coursework completed on your official transcript." I have no idea what that means! When i contacted them asking that "is it correct that number of hours per week = credit of a course?" they replied that "credits of a course are not credits per week they are the amount of credits for the entire term of the course". Wow *eye roll*. Please help I am freaking out.
  24. Hello, My question is for anyone who has been accepted to media related PhD programs. I'm looking to apply for Communications/media studies programs and wanted to know for those who have been accepted to these programs what type of background did you have: - what was your GRE score? - past college GPA's - did you have any publication experience? - did you have and related work experience in the field of communications/media studies/film? - what school were you accepted to and what did they offer full funding?
  25. I was wondering if anyone knows how your undergraduate GPA are weighted? I have low undergraduate GPA(2.8/4.0) and have fairly good masters gpa (3.7/4.0) . I'm thinking about applying to a Ph.D program in top business schools and economics departments like Columbia, Michigan, Harvard, Stanford. My GRE score (total 325) is not bad either. Any thoughts?
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