How Can I Get Around Graduate School GPA Requirement?
February 5, 2011 6:50 PM Subscribe
I'm 41 and I want to go back to school - how do I get around the GPA requirement? And a few other questions as well.
posted by Twoapennything to Education (11 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 41 y/o female with a BA in psychology. I worked for twelve years as a probation officer before leaving my job this past July. I'm really interested in getting an MSW or an LCSW and I have the program I want picked out. The minimum GPA required is a 3.0. My overall GPA for my undergrad is like a 2.7. Back in the day, I was working 40 hours per week PLUS doing a part-time internship while carrying a full load of credits at CU Boulder. I also have ADD (not an excuse -- just a factor). My GPA reflected this, as when I was in school but not working 60 hours per week my GPA was around a 3.8. It's been 18 years since I've been out of college. How do I approach the issue of the GPA? I don't have any recent academic references to offer; I have plenty of professional references. The program I'm looking at does not require the GRE, but rather the MAT, which is fine. As a mature student approaching the graduate school application process, what would you recommend I do first? Should I just apply, or should I make an appointment with a school advisor to discuss my transcript and my personal circumstances before applying? What advice would you offer to someone in my position? Do universities see any advantage per se in having older, non-conventional students? I believe I would do very well in a social work program and it's definitely my calling. I would so hate to be kept out of graduate school because of a GPA that is circa 1993. Any advice or thoughts will be most appreciated.