Grad School Filter: Sub 3.0 GPA w. work experience, what can I do?
February 17, 2014 10:46 AM Subscribe
I graduated from a state school with a Comp Sci degree eight years ago. I never thought about a masters degree since the IT field rarely requires it. But I'm now thinking about it because of aspirations to move higher in my role with the company. There are some hurdles - more inside
posted by MMALR to Education (13 answers total)
So, I have a million questions and I've had a hard time finding answers. I don't want to delve deep into details. I would love to hear what other people have heard, gone through, etc. with applying for graduate school, going through the process. I haven't decided if I want to do this yet, just want to get a feel for what to expect.
So, I'm 8 years removed from my graduation date. I have 8 years of web application development experience under my belt in a heavily business-oriented corporate setting. I've moved from programming to task management to my current role as a hybrid between both. I run projects, strategize with business units to deliver innovative systems, and get down and dirty with the code if I have to.
I like a challenge. I also like being an integral part in the strategy that eventually brings success to our company. I've looked into the possibility of getting a masters in business administration or economics, but I'm open to other areas that help my motivations to move up the corporate ladder. So, here's my questions:
1. Eight years removed from college, where do I even begin? Will I need to re-take classes? What should I expect?
2. I worked 40-60 hour weeks in college. My GPA suffered a bit because of that, hitting a 2.782 as my cumulative when I graduated. How can I overcome that when applying for grad school? A lot of schools have a threshold of 3.0 if I'm correct. Do universities generally have loyalty to former students? Does my job history have an effect?
3. GRE test: I have no idea what to expect. Is it basically another ACT/SAT exam? I'm assuming it is pretty advanced, but I have no idea. Can anyone give me a general summary, maybe a bit more detail as to the complexity and difficulty?
4. Recommendations seem to matter greatly in this context. Is this usually from colleagues that I work with? I saw that most of this comes from faculty at the university, but I'm so removed... i don't know anyone at my alma mater anymore.
I'm not looking for a top 25 school. I'm simply looking at my local state school, and possibly something in one of the private schools in the area if I can't get in there.