getting into a master's program when you have poorundergraduate grades?

15 May 2008 - 9:30am
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Pat Barford
2007

HI Michael,

I found myself in a similar situation a few years ago. I had to take
courses to prove I wasn't an idiot before being admitted to grad school.
(The penalty for having too much fun as an undergrad.) Are there no
courses you can take to earn your entry, that would fit with the program
you want? I was able to take core courses to get in, then had way more
interesting options to choose from within the program. Take anything you
can that will put you further down the path you want to take. Even if
you can't take courses from the program, there have to be some that will
benefit you along the way.

Good luck!

Pat Barford M.Ed

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19 May 2008 - 9:34am
Michael Zarro
2008

Michael,

With your years of professional experience, the undergrad GPA becomes a
smaller part of the overall admissions equation than it would for someone
just out of school. Admissions staff, professors, etc... are all looking for
ways to help you succeed. Can you contact someone at the school(s) you're
most interested in attending and discuss the issue? If/when you do apply, I
would suggest you emphasize in the essay and through your references your
dedication to learning and advancement in the field.

Likely you would be accepted to a program on a conditional basis - meaning
if your graduate GPA isn't at a certain level after a semester or two, you
would be asked to leave the school.

If you think proving academic success would help you get into the school of
your choice, perhaps it's possible to enter a certificate program, then
apply that coursework towards a Master's degree?

good luck!
mz

On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 10:30 AM, Barford, Patricia <PBarford at epcor.ca>
wrote:

> HI Michael,
>
> I found myself in a similar situation a few years ago. I had to take
> courses to prove I wasn't an idiot before being admitted to grad school.
> (The penalty for having too much fun as an undergrad.) Are there no
> courses you can take to earn your entry, that would fit with the program
> you want? I was able to take core courses to get in, then had way more
> interesting options to choose from within the program. Take anything you
> can that will put you further down the path you want to take. Even if
> you can't take courses from the program, there have to be some that will
> benefit you along the way.
>
> Good luck!
>
> Pat Barford M.Ed
>
>
>
>
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