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What is a good GPA for a graduate student?

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Usually, the minimum is no worse than a 3.0.

However, the average for incoming PhD cohorts vary. It usually hovers around ~3.5 and above.  

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Just as a reminder, this thread is from 2013. It's not that it can't be a relevant topic for discussion, but the OP is most definitely no longer around. 

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On 4/26/2013 at 8:06 AM, Roquentin said:

It's easy to exaggerate the importance of grades in grad school - they're important during the application process, but when you finish your PhD and hit the job market, hiring committees won't spend much (i.e. any) time with 'em. Keep 'em consistent, keep 'em high enough to meet the requirements of your funding and your department, and keep 'em high enough to remain competitive for extra funding opportunities. By the time you're a PhD student, coursework should be a snap. Get decent grades, get your coursework out of the way, and start in on the stuff that actually matters (research, teaching, comps).

What sort of grades would you need for extra funding opportunities? 

I know my coursework will be hard for me as I'm coming from outside the field, so I'm hoping to work to clear the hurdle (70%) with enough of a comfortable margin. Is it beneficial to push harder than this? It will take time directly away from my thesis. 

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4 hours ago, lemma said:

What sort of grades would you need for extra funding opportunities? 

Again, you're responding to someone from almost 5 years ago who is no longer around to answer questions. 

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1 hour ago, Eigen said:

Again, you're responding to someone from almost 5 years ago who is no longer around to answer questions. 

True, but I also think @lemma was posting their own question in this thread. 

FWIW, I think a 70% at the graduate level is kind of low but, that might just be me.

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On 2/1/2013 at 11:40 AM, risingsun11801 said:

It depends on the subject. In my biomedical science program, we have been told research is far more important than grades. Less than a 3.0 will get you on probation, but there's no reason to strive for much higher than 3.0.

I agree with this. I just shoot to keep mine > 3.0. I hear some grad students bragging about their GPA and since GPA really doesn't matter that much, besides being above the minimum requirements, it just makes them look like they don't have their priorities in order.

The exception would be for master's students who are planning on going to a phd program when they finish, your GPA matters.

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On 1/1/2018 at 4:41 AM, rising_star said:

True, but I also think @lemma was posting their own question in this thread. 

FWIW, I think a 70% at the graduate level is kind of low but, that might just be me.

Yeah, I was posting here to reduce clutter given it was pretty similar. 

70% here is the cutoff for second class honors, so the same theoretically as a 3.0 in the US. I don't regard it as the same, having an American undergraduate degree, but in the eyes of my university that's what it signifies. 

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