bfollinprm wrote:So E&M, quantum, stat mech, classical, relativity, math methods, mechanics, and any electives you might have taken.
TakeruK wrote:In Canada, this would only count your third and fourth year course grades. So, the "modern physics" class (which is usually in second year), would not count towards this, but QM 1 and QM 2 would. We get grades for our year long thesis class too, but that probably doesn't count towards this (in my year, the Physics thesis class all got A+).
Whether or not a third year class taken in 2nd year would count towards this depends on the school. Some schools just look at courses in the last 2 years. Other schools know what are considered 3rd and 4th year courses in their own program and look for equivalents in your transcript.
PathIntegrals92 wrote:However, I wouldn't worry too much about the numbers at this point (where there's not much left you can do). Admissions in both US and Canada are "holistic" so I don't think they will pick one person over another due to a 3.70 vs 3.68 GPA. Also, as I said above, in many Canadian places, individual profs make decisions on which students they are willing to take, so you don't always have to be in the top pool of all candidates, you just need to be one of the top students that your particular professor is interested in.
TakeruK wrote:Finally, if I had to do a rough ranking of what things are important for most grad schools, I would say:
1. Research experience / Letters of Recommendation
5. General GRE
Depending on your background though, GPA and PGRE might switch or be equal in weight (i.e. PGRE might be weighted higher if you don't have a Physics degree and/or if you come from a country whose physics program is not familiar to the school). The PGRE might be weighted lower if you are not in a pure physics program (e.g. astronomy, medical physics etc.).
TakeruK wrote:(Also, I don't remember your profile--you might want to apply to top schools as well?).
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