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Undergraduate Academic Record - GPA

This is probably the most important criterion for admission to a graduate - masters or doctorate program in engineering and science. 

Since many of the candidates apply to the MS program right after their bachelor degree, the undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) becomes even more important.  For some of you, who have a few years of work experience after the undergraduate degree, the GPA can be discounted to some extent.

Most of the top programs require a GPA of 3.00 on 4.00.  

There are many countries that do not have a GPA system. For example, In India, universities have an absolute scoring system, where students are scored on a fixed scale. So, most students do not get a GPA, but get a percentage, like say, 65%.

If you have done your bachelor degree from a university that  does not score on a scale of 4.00, we would recommend you to apply to the programs of your choice even you are not over 3.00 after conversion.  

Particularly for universities which grade on a percentage basis, we would recommend not even trying to convert your GPAs.  Send your undergraduate reports as they are and let the schools worry about the conversions. Just mention your class rank, if you can and mention that your percentage cannot be converted to a GPA scale.

A big mistake made by students is trying to give reasons for their low GPAs.  Don’t whine about it.  Take responsibility unless you have a strong reason that you think the admission committee should be aware of.  In most cases, please don’t use the extra essay question to address the GPA issue.

If you have a low score in your undergraduate degree, work hard on your GRE preparation and try to make up for the weakness with a high GRE score.

It may not make much sense to apply to top universities if you have a GPA of less than 3.0, unless you have significant achievements, like publication in an international journal.

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