Master's degree with low undergrad GPA

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Rubber_Duckie, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. Rubber_Duckie

    Rubber_Duckie New Member

    This isn't for me, it's for my husband. ;)

    Hubby recently got his B.S. in Marketing from a B&M state university. It's been a long and convoluted road for him, and right now he's focusing on finding work in his field.

    He started off at a small private liberal arts school, where he majored in business for 3.5 years. His mother passed away, and he took a leave of absence to go home and help the family. At some point it was determined that he couldn't afford to return to his old college and he transferred to a state university near our hometown. He attended full time for several semesters (getting Cs and a few Ds - which he had to repeat for a better grade) before switching to part time status, at which point he was able to get As and Bs since he only had 1 or 2 different courses to concentrate on at any given time. He's worked part time (~30 hours a week) all along. He had to start over as a sophomore since his major changed (from business to marketing), and he finally finished his degree last month. I'm very proud of him. :)

    It should be noted that hubby finished school with only a 2.6 GPA. Several months ago he was diagnosed with ADHD and is on medication. He is doing incredibly well, and our only regret is that he didn't seek help much earlier for this issue that he's dealt with since childhood! It's literally like someone flipped a switch; the change has been really profound.

    Hubby has been helping me with my courswork (I'm an engineer working on an M.S. in management, so his business background has been helpful) and has expressed interest in going to grad school himself within the next few years. The major barrier that we can see is his undergrad GPA.

    He tests reasonably well and could pull off a decent GRE or GMAT score. But without outstanding scores, how likely is he to get into a decent DL master's program in management with that awful GPA?

    Also does anyone know of a DL, RA certificate program (post-bac level) in business or marketing? If he was to complete a grad certificate with good grades, it might help his case for getting into a master's program down the line. I've searched and have had a lot of trouble finging a DL grad certificate program in marketing - plenty of schools have certificates in IT or e-commerce or the like, but none of those are of interest to him.

    Like I said, he's focusing on getting his career launched at the moment but would be interested in starting grad school within a year or so. Any ideas on how to make up for his poor GPA when applying?
  2. rmm0484

    rmm0484 Member

    I entered grad school after having an undergrad 2.39 GPA. However, I was entered into provisonal status by Florida Tech, to see if I could hack it. After a few successful courses, I applied for regular admission and the earlier courses applied. I completed my MSc with a 3.54 average, and I have a 4.0 average in my Doctoral program after four courses. Some people are "late bloomers."
  3. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    About all I can say is check out which schools actually offer a master's in marketing via distance learning and then check out their websites and try to find one that has admission requirements for which hubby would qualify. I think you'll find that there are a good many accredited distance learning master's degrees in marketing which will admit hubby. Check out the schools listed below.

    University of Adelaide (BG16, 141, 188)
    Ashworth College (BG16, 96)
    Baker College (BG15, 99)
    Boston University (BG16, 99)
    California National University for Advanced Studies (BG15, 100)
    Capella University (BG15, 156)
    Charles Sturt University (BG15, 104)
    Cheltenham Tutorial College (BG15, 104)
    City University (BG15, 105)
    Columbia Southern University (BG16, 106)
    Deakin University (BG15, 108)
    DeSales University (BG15, 108)
    Golden Gate University (BG15, 113)
    University of Leicester (BG15, 138)
    Madurai Kamaraj University (BG15, 120)
    University of Maryland (BG15, 140)
    University of Melbourne (BG15, 140)
    Mercy College (BG15, 121)
    Monash University (BG15, 122)
    University of New England (BG15, 144)
    University of North Texas (BG16, 149)
    Open University (England) (BG15, 126)
    Regent University (BG15, 128)
    University of Stirling (BG15, 180)
    Syracuse University (BG15, 174)
    Technikon of South Africa (BG15, 132), now part of University of South Africa
    University of Teesside (BG15, 181)
    Western Governors University (BG15, 151)
  4. makana793

    makana793 New Member

    I only had a 2.3 under grad gpa when I applied for grad school. It was difficult for me during my undergrad years I was working almost full time I had military commitments and I was also going through some "personal" things in my life. But Capella gave me a chance. I graduated with a 3.8 and eventually moved into the field I wanted. Now I'm completing my second masters. All it took was someone giving me a chance.
  5. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    I wouldn't worry about the GPA too much. I think you'll find many schools will allow him to study on a provisional basis, or under some type of probation for the first few classes. Once he proves he can hack it in graduate school, the probation will be lifted.
  6. foobar

    foobar Member

    If he were interested in an RA grad program, I would suggest a face-to-face meeting with the grad program director/coordinator or someone with a similar title.

    For a DL school, I would call and have a conversation with the individual in a simial role.

    I'm on a graduate admissions committee for an B&M, RA, AACSB-accredited business school. These decisions ALWAYS go to the committee and the grad programs director can influence the decision by how they present it.

    The story that you related would likely receive favorable consideration at my institution and with a high GMAT (600+) might garner an unconditional admission.
  7. Shawn Ambrose

    Shawn Ambrose New Member

    Low GPA?

    I had a 2.3 GPA for my UG. Several years later I applied to the MBA program at The University of Akron. I was admitted on a probationary basis. Ended up with a 3.7 GPA in the program.

    Go to the dean and set up an appointment for an interview. The other tip might be is to start in January. Most people still have the traditional mindset to start in September. Admission in January tend to be less competitive.

    Good luck.
  8. shohan1986

    shohan1986 New Member

    I am graduate from UTM Malaysia with a low cpa of 2.21 out 4.00. I have applied to several Universities like University Laval Canada and University Erlangen Germany. But I got rejected from there. Now I am very much worried about my career. And very confusing whether I can proceed on my education level further or not?
  9. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I suggest that you take some individual courses, one at a time. Focus on your assignments and when you get better grades you can say that this is a more accurate representation of your capabilities. Good luck.
  10. shohan1986

    shohan1986 New Member

    But there is no way because I have completed my course already.
  11. cseesuny

    cseesuny New Member

    better university selection

    SUNY NEWPALTZ is the best option

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