Undergrad GPA Bad; Grad School GPA good. What now?
December 4, 2012 5:04 PM Subscribe
PhD application time: I'm applyling to PhD programs in the social sciences after completing my Master's. My grad school GPA is very good. My undergraduate GPA isn't. Will this matter? Should I address this in my personal statements?
posted by mcmile to Education (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My undergrad GPA was 2.99. My GPA in my major (English) was 3.20, not much better. I graduated in 2003. I was almost certainly suffering from low-level depression, but it wasn't diagnosed until years later.
I managed to get into a decent graduate program in the social sciences and I did pretty well. Good GPA (3.97), a publication credit, teaching experience, good letters of reccommendation, pretty good GRE scores, etc. So now I'm applying to PhD programs in that same social science field.
Will anyone on the PhD selection committees care about a lousy undergrad GPA? I'm asking because I'm debating whether or not to address it in my personal statement. I've read that one should address obvious blemishes on their record. But on the other hand, it was so long ago and I'd rather spend time on my personal statements discussing all of my more recent work.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.