Question about undergraduate GPA minimum

jgarst37
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Question about undergraduate GPA minimum

Postby jgarst37 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:01 pm

My undergraduate GPA is 2.93 from Fall of 1999. (I am an older student.) I will be getting my Masters in Physics this fall and my GPA is about 3.5. I'm planning to apply to PhD programs for Fall 2013. Since I will have completed a higher-level degree, does the undergraduate GPA minimum of 3.0 still automatically disqualify me or will they allow me into the applicant pool based on my graduate GPA?

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Re: Question about undergraduate GPA minimum

Postby bfollinprm » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:35 pm

No one is really automatically disqualified. Recognize that your undergrad GPA still matters (and a 3.5 isn't amazing for a masters program), but apply to wherever you feel is a good fit for your application otherwise.

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Re: Question about undergraduate GPA minimum

Postby King Vitamin » Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:05 pm

I'm pretty sure I have heard that if the entire graduate school enforces a minimum GPA requirement, the individual department needs to get permission (from the dean maybe?) in order to admit someone under that GPA. In other words, the rest of your application needs to be good enough so that the department is willing to put in extra work for you.

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Re: Question about undergraduate GPA minimum

Postby bfollinprm » Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:24 pm

I'm pretty sure that caveat no longer applies if your bachelor institution wasn't the last place you've been.

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Re: Question about undergraduate GPA minimum

Postby grae313 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:48 am

I also would guess that it's your graduate GPA that is considered for this "cutoff", but you could always call up one department and ask.




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