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Graduate Programs with Low Undergrad GPA


There are many short-term and long term professional and personal perks that successful completion of both undergraduate and graduate education can bring to your life. That knowledge drives many individuals to seek higher education at times in their life when they are incapable, for various reasons, to spend enough time or effort to cultivate an amazing undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and transcript. Unfortunately that can have a major long term consequence: difficulty finding graduate programs that accepts individuals with low GPAs.

Not all is lost. While the majority of colleges expect all applicants to have managed at least a 3.0 GPA, some colleges and programs understand that a slightly lower undergraduate GPA is not a guarantee that the individual will not excel in a graduate program. A few college and programs requirements:

  • Do not set a minimum GPA.
  • Accept the GRE/GMAT to compensate for low GPA.
  • Require additional professional work samples to compensate.
  • Set a slightly lower minimum (2.5 to 2.7).

To set you on the path to locating a program that will work for you, here is a list of master programs for individuals with a low GPA.

No GPA Minimum Given                                                                                  

Business

Boston University – Master of Science in Management

Pepperdine University – MBA

 

Health

USC – Master of Public Health

 

Psychology
USC – Master of Science in Applied Psychology

 

GRE/GMAT to Compensate

Business

Norwich University – MBA

Norwich University – Master of Science in Leadership

Northeastern University – Master of Science in Taxation

Northeastern University – Master of Science in Finance

 

Public Service
University of Cincinnati – Master of Science in Criminal Justice

George Washington University – Master’s in Strategic Public Relations

George Washington University – Master’s in Political Management

Norwich University – Master of Public Administration

Rutgers – Masters in Public Administration 

 

Miscellaneous

Norwich University – Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Norwich University – Master of Civil Engineering

Norwich University – Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance

 

Additional Professional Work Samples

Business

Northeastern University – Master of Science in Taxation

Northeastern University – Master of Science in Finance

 

Public Service

George Washington University – Master’s in Strategic Public Relations

George Washington University – Master’s in Political Management

 

Miscellaneous

Rutgers – Master’s of Engineering with a Pharmaceutical Engineering emphasis

 

Low Minimum

Business

CollegeAmerica – Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship emphasis

2.5 GPA

Stevens-Henager – MBA

2.5 GPA

 

Health

Stevens-Henager – Health Informatics Master of Science

2.5 GPA

Stevens-Henager – Nursing Administration Master of Science

2.5 GPA

CollegeAmerica – Healthcare Informatics Master of Science

2.5 GPA

CollegeAmerica – Healthcare Administration Master of Science

2.5 GPA

Stevens-Henager – Nurse Education Master of Science

2.5 GPA

 

Psychology

Wake Forest University – Master of Arts in Counseling
2.5 GPA

 

Miscellaneous

Ohio University – Master of Athletic Administration

2.7 GPA

Nova Southeastern University – MATL & MEAL (Teaching Education)
2.5 GPA

CollegeAmerica – Informatics Systems Master of Science

2.5 GPA

Now you know that you can still apply to a graduate program with a low GPA. Remember that the path from application to acceptance will be more difficult for lower undergrad GPA students. Why? Colleges and Universities can only accept a portion of all applicants each semester. And chances are due to your GPA, your request to be accepted into the program will be slightly weaker than the other individuals seeking entrance. This means you should do everything you can to strengthen the other aspects of your application.

You can strengthen your application by:

  • Gaining as much time and experience in your field as you can before applying.
  • Ensure all professional references can speak intelligently and avidly about your performance and knowledge of the field.
  • Craft a strong statement of purpose and resume.
  • If allowed, take the GRE or GMAT.
  • And if all else fails, retake a few of the core subjects in order to boost your GPA slightly.

 

Other Resources:

Choosing a Program

Why America Needs Tax Professionals

A Growing Demand – A Look at MBAs

How to Choose Your MBA Concentration

How to Choose the Right School for Your Career Path

5 Tips to Help You Stand Out from Other MBA Graduates

From Healthcare to Hiring: Climbing the Rungs of the Nursing Administration Ladder

FinanceU Syllabus

 

Prepping To Apply

Delve Into the Nuances of the MBA Resume

How to Get a Business School Recommendation

Statement of Purpose for MBA

Statements of Purpose: Overview and Before You Draft

Preparing for the GMAT