I have a few challenges applying to grad school.
March 25, 2013 11:49 AM Subscribe
I need to explain to a graduate school admissions committee why my undergrad grades suck and convince them I am a viable candidate as well even though I don't own the required psychology degree. And ff course, the one program requiring the degree is the one in which I am most interested.
posted by Che boludo! to Education (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am applying to several work/Industrial/organizational psychology programs in the US and Europe. I have an undergrad degree in economics and business administration which is related to the field. Take a look at what I'm thinking of putting into my statement of purpose motivation letter. It's fairly rough draft and I know the grammar, punctuation and organization need work and will address that as I get closer to getting the message right. It;s the content I'm concerned about. It's a bit wordy and may be attracting too much attention to these topics. My original undergrad GPA was about 2.34, ouch! Take a look and let me know what you guys think and give me any criticism and suggestions you may have. If anybody has any interest in reviewing the entire letter feel free to Mefi mail me. Thanks all!
Grades and bachelors in psychology:
I have two concerns regarding the requirement to hold an undergraduate degree in psychology and my previous undergraduate grades. Regarding my less than outstanding undergraduate performance, I can say that my reasons attending university where wrong and I was not a serious student. My recent performance in both undergraduate and graduate level psychology courses demonstrate my ability to perform academically at a high level which I attribute to maturity, focus, and an intrinsic motivation in the subject matter. Over my last 60 North American credit hours or the equivalent of past two years of study or 120 ECTS hours I have achieved a GPA of 3.24, and raised my overall GPA to 3.03. My total credit hours in psychology will be 31 North American 62 ECTS (with sociology) with the completion of Statistics for Social Sciences and Workforce Training and Design of which my GPA has been almost perfect at 3.97. The requirements for a bachelors in psychology at The University of Colorado is 31 credits of which I have completed with 15 credits that will have been post-graduate level in Organizational Psychology nearly meeting all of the required classes for obtaining a bachelors degree in psychology. The requirements lacking are a class in social psychology and abnormal psychology classes which I have studied independently and feel comfortable with most of the concepts. I have received a professional certificate in organizational design and am in progress to receive another one in training and personnel development at a master degree level through Colorado State Universities Masters in Applied industrial/Organizational Psychology program. On the Graduate Record Exam psychology subject test I scored in the 93 percentile in social psychology which includes the previously mentioned topics. My performance on the general GRE was strong, scoring in the 89th percentile on the verbal section and 64th on the quantitative exam, bringing my total score to 317 on the new scoring system and approximately 1330-1350 according to the previous system. This year I was awarded a scholarship for independent learners for a class in Statistics for Social Sciences.