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This is kind of a sad story, and I’m a little embarrassed to tell it, but I need some advice on this.

I enrolled in a CS MS graduate program not too long ago, but I got dismissed for failing three classes. It was because of a combination of personal issues and I also didn’t know what I wanted to write my thesis/capstone project on. The result was I couldn't concentrate on my studies and I messed up in a bunch of grad courses. At the time, I was going through some drama with a girl and a friend of mine. I’m a total computer nerd. I’m not accustomed to dealing with human drama. I'll admit it was my fault, and there are definitely some things I would have done differently If I could, but it’s too late now.

Anyway, what I need advice on: I was thinking about trying to apply for another CS graduate program, when I’m ready and have a better idea of what I want to do. I know there’s no way to hide this on my record, and if I’m to apply for another graduate program, I’ll need to explain it on my statement of purpose or my personal history essay. I’m sure this bars me from being competitive enough for a top 10 program. But what are my chances of being accepted into a top 40/50 graduate MS program with this on my record, given that all my other stats (GRE tests scores, GRE subject, undergrad GPA, three “good” recommendations, and interesting work experiences) are all in order. I know application requirements require one to be in good academic standing at their pass universities. I've heard from at least one university that they only count the last institution attended, and that they wont hold it against a student if it was some years ago. So I'm currently taking non-degree seeking classes at another university, to get around this.

I don't see why I shouldn't be given a second chance, certainly If I have the potential to do good work for a university. But I have no idea how an admission committee would see this.

But, If there's no chance, well then, it's probably best to face facts and just look for something else in life -- I can accept it -- but I’d like to know before attempting to apply.

Thanks, if anyone can lend some words of wisdom.

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Yes finknottle. I'm looking into applying for a job at a research lab. If I do wind up working for a university, maybe I can work something out with them to allow me to take some classes there. That will improve my record.

Thanks for the reply finknottle. Some feedback is definitely helpful.

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