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  1. SOS

    I recently completed a summer language emersion program at Middlebury College. I did horrible. I had a 2.33 GPA for the summer. I had a medical condition that I was being treated for that made me miss part of the program and I was being treated for it while I was in school. I am applying for grad school in international affairs this fall. I graduated college in 2013 and these are the most recent grades that I have. How will grad schools view these grades since they were completed after my degree GPA? Is this a death sentence to a good program? My undergraduate GPA was a 3.3 and I am doing well on my GRE practice tests.
  2. I'm about to finish college (Bachelor's in Computer Science) and I've been thinking about applying for a master's degree. I got really good grades in my first year of college, I was in the top 5% students, but during my second and third year I worked full time as a software developer so my grades dropped quite a bit (receiving mostly unremarkable and even some poor grades in my second year). That is in great part due to my attendance, since for most of the subjects that I've had, your activity throughout the year influenced the final grade. I've been thinking that I can offer an explanation regarding this in my motivation letter, but I'm not sure just how in depth should this explanation be. Should I just mention this situation it and leave it at that or should I also give out the reasons I thought focusing on my job, rather than my college classes, was worthwhile? I know that I've screwed up my chances for getting a master's degree at a really good university, but just how bad will this look, after all, I did work into a field closely related to my my field of study, so it can't be all bad, right?
  3. Hello, I am a political science undergrad student at a comprehensive university in Ontario, Canada. I currently possess a cumulative GPA of 3.78/4.00 and a major GPA of 3.91/4.00. I recently (two days ago) finished my 3rd out of 4 years of university and will be applying in September/October of 2017 with the marks I have already attained. I have work experience as a teaching and grading IR assistant at my university (going to be 8 months), as a trade policy intern at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC (4 months), as a legal intern for a prestigious international law firm (1 month), and as a Corporate Affairs intern at a Fortune 500 company (4 months). In terms of university extracurriculars I am the President of my university's pre-law society. I also have three strong letters of recommendation from my professors who specialize in IR--they attended St. Andrews, UofT, and UCambridge respectively. My dream MSc program is The London School of Economics & Political Science MSc International Relations. As an aside, it is my goal to pursue a PhD and a career in academia after completing this program. I wanted to know (from individuals who have been accepted/rejected to this program or similar) what my chances are of being accepted? I am also applying to the MSc in Conflict Studies (second choice) so an estimate of my chances for that program would be most appreciated as well. Canadian LSE MSc Minimum GPA entry requirement: 3.3/4.0 (No GRE or GMAT required) 2017/2018 MSc International Relations acceptance rate: 11.14% (101/907) 2017/2018 MSc Conflict Studies acceptance rate: 17.14% (55/321)
  4. I am a (incoming) non-CS PhD student at UMD College Park and I am looking into the possibility of getting a non-thesis MS degree in the CS department (in addition to a PhD degree in a non-CS area). According to the department's policy manual, one of the MS degree requirements is to complete at least two 600/700/800 level courses with A/A+. To former/current students in the CS department at UMD, has this grade requirement ever been a problem for students? A minimum grade of A- would probably sound a lot more reasonable and I am not sure if there have been cases in which students were not able to graduate because of the grade requirement. Thank you in advance for your kind inputs (any constructive inputs from non-UMD students will also be greatly appreciated)!
  5. Higher GPA in undergrad than in MA

    I have a high GPA from a good university for undergrad, along with extracurriculars, etc. However, after that I did my MA in a foreign country (UK) and took several courses outside my major (history instead of English). The program was only 1 year, so there wasn't much time to off-set those marks. As a result, my MA grades are simply average. How/where do I explain this in my applications? When realistically looking at applying to schools, should I use my undergraduate or graduate results as a guide to which places might accept me? Obviously, program/professor fit, recommendation letters, the writing sample, and the statement of purpose are all huge variables that will affect my chances of getting in anywhere, but I'm wondering to what extent my (relatively) low MA results might hold me back. Applications are expensive and time-consuming, and I want to get this right after all the work I'm putting in! For those feeling that specifics are necessary before you can give any sort of educated guess, here are my stats: Undergrad: University of Texas at Austin Majors: English, Psychology GPA: 3.89 Honors: High Honors (Top 10%), Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Dean's List (Undergrad also included a year of study abroad at St. Anne's College [Oxford University], and the grades are factored into the GPA above) Extracurriculars: Tutoring for underprivileged kids, Team leader in religious club, rowing at Oxford, drama at Oxford, membership in various clubs) MA: King's College, University of London Major: Nineteenth-Century Studies Result: Pass with Merit Dissertation Result: Pass with Merit (which was frustrating as it was a lower mark than the grader told me to expect after reading a near-final draft, but it is what it is) Extracurriculars: Tutoring for underprivileged kids, International Student Ambassador Other Education (after MA): Austin Community College Studied: French 3, French 4 (to prepare for language requirements of a PhD Program) GPA: 4.0 GRE: Verbal 170 (99th percentile), Quantitative 160 (81st percentile), Writing 6.0 (99th percentile) GRE Literature Subject Test: 660 (85th percentile) Publications: None (Yikes! I know!) Work Experience in Education: Academic Mentor for University Student-Athletes (1 year) Teacher (3 years)
  6. Hi, guys! I am currently preparing my Ph.D. application (social science) for universities in the UK. I have found a supervisor who would like to accept me. Before this, I have obtained two master degrees during the last three years. I am wondering if the GPA of the first master is very low (64/100), how much extent does it affect my application at the stage of department/college committee considering? My grade of the second master is good (3.6/4.0). Is it too stupid to conceal the experience of my first Master when submitting the application? All ideas are appreciated.
  7. I'm interested in studying economic geology for Fall 2017. I have decent grades, GRE scores and letters of recommendation. I also have a strong background in teaching/research and should be published in Economic Geology soon. However, my primary drawback is that the economic geology professor at our school is a brutal grader and even though I was very passionate about the class, I received a C+ in his course. I want to continue my studies in economic geology, but I suspect that this will be a big warning flag to admissions committees Should I address this problem in my letter of interest? How can I best explain this negative grade?
  8. Hello, I am just wondering if anyone knows what SLP grad schools only look at the last 60 units and your major classes. I am also wondering if any of these schools have spring admission.
  9. Hi All, I'm doing a B.A. and M.A. in Economics, and just finished up a really rough semester with three B+'s (two of those in my core classes--Micro and Stats) and one A- in an elective in my specialty. I was doing fairly well until about a month ago, but then some really stressful things happened in my life and my finals did not go well. The median grade given in these classes is a B+, so I must have done very poorly indeed. My B.A. GPA was very good--on average 3.7-3.8 for my Econ and Math courses, and I consistently got near-perfect scores in Intermediate Microeconomics and Stats--, but I'm finding that I'm not doing nearly as well in my M.A. (this semester I have a 3.4, so will not make Dean's List, and my GPA fell from 3.69 to 3.64). I feel I've really hurt my chances of going back for a Ph.D and getting recommendations from professors who I was previously on great terms with. My questions are the following: How do I approach professors who I was friendly with and who were advising me after I basically bombed their finals (unheard of for me)? Will taking a few years off and getting more work experience do anything to soften the blow of these terrible grades? I'm especially interested in Microeconomics and Econometrics, but given the B+s I received in Micro and Stats, should I just give up now? In general, what can or should I do to recover my GPA and my reputation within my department?
  10. I've been a little MIA from the forums for the past months, but I certainly have been lurking. And I'm still rooting for all of you! So, I did my undergrad in a COMPLETELY different field than my graduate work, and the transition has been a little tough. I got really good grades in undergrad and in a postbacc program that was more related to my grad work. But this year I seem to be flailing like a fish out of water. I'm beating the average on all of the tests in my hardcore biochemistry and molecular biology classes... but this ONE class (which isn't suppose to be hard) has me COMPLETELY buffaloed. After two semesters I have yet to get a better score than a B- on an exam. If I get a C I'm placed on academic probation. Part of the problem is that I've decided this program isn't the best fit for me, and I am transferring to another that seems to be a much better match. But it's really frustrating when that new program asks me why I can't seem to get a hold on this class and I literally don't have a good reason. I keep changing my study habits, looking at old exams, etc... and I've never had this problem before! Just needed to vent, guys, thanks. In GOOD news, my research is going really well. I gave a presentation in seminar to my department recently and got really good feedback. So, I guess I would take my position (good research, not-so-good-grades) over the opposite. But it's still no fun. Anybody else want to scream into the cyberspace void??
  11. I keep hearing that grades do not matter much, as long as you pass, no one cares about your grades, research is more important, ect. How much truth is there to this? Is anyone familiar with the process after grad school? Do people really not ask for your transcripts? I feel like if someone has a 3.4 and someone has a 3.9 then the 3.9 would look a lot more favorable (assuming the rest of the credentials are the same). I'm probably going to get the lowest GPA in my life this semester so I'm a bit worried about starting off on the wrong path. I won't be much motivated to study if I know I can be fine with a 3.0+ There was a related thread a few years back on this but I'd like to get some recent perspectives on just how important the grad school GPA is
  12. I go to a small liberal arts college and I noticed that starting this past semester my school began putting class ranks on our transcripts. I don't have a bad GPA by any means, it's actually a 3.34. But my class rank (based solely on GPA) is in the bottom half of my class. What frustrates me is that they're basically comparing apples to oranges to pears. To me it seems incredibly silly to compare geology majors to art history majors to economic majors, especially since some majors are certainly more challenging. With this in mind, is my class rank going to hurt my chances for grad school programs? Or is this just a silly number towards the bottom of my transcript?
  13. Generally in my collage we have 3 statistics and 3 calculus courses for an Econ major. An introductory course, an intermediate course and an advanced course. They're all pre-requisites and you have to take them in order as they build upon the previous course. My question is, my grades for the intermediate courses are poor, C and D+ respectively, while the advanced courses they're much better A and A- respectively, mostly because I've pulled my butt and worked harder. While this affects my GPA, do Econ grad schools look at overall GPA? Or do they just look at the hardest courses you've taken? Common sense would tell that if you can master the later courses then you probably know the material that builds upon it, and they should be ignored. However do grad schools take that into consideration? Thanks in advance.