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What is a good GPA for graduate school?

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Katrina’s Answer

Depending on the program, work experience (number of years and level of work) can be a very important fctor - even more so than GPA. For example, MBA programs usually care more about work experience and that you can demonstrate what you've gained. Oftentimes undergrad GPA can be from several years ago, so it may be less telling than more recent experience and/or a graduate entrance exam.

If coming straight from an undergrad without any work experience, GPA may matter more. Be sure to highlight other things you have done like internships, student volunteer experience, any leadership roles, etc.
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Xue “Mary”’s Answer

I think 4.0 is a good GPA, but no one really cares about the grades. Graduate students are focused more on their research.
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Sean’s Answer

It really depends on the graduate program to which you're applying. Most graduate programs want you to have at least a B average to apply to their programs so a 3.0, however you can still apply even if your GPA is a little under.

Sean recommends the following next steps:

Have strong letters of recommendations from professors who can testify to your work.
Write a strong perosnal statement that showcases your character and writing.
Research the program website and contact them. Ask to speak to students in the program if possible.
Continue to keep your grades up to stay competitive.
If taking a test (GRE,MCAT,LSAT,ect) take at least 3 months to prepare.
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Stephine’s Answer

A 3.0 or above is a good GPA for graduate school. However, strong letters of recommendation for past professors, especially ones in your chosen major can also help.

Stephine recommends the following next steps:

Ask professors for letters of recommendation in classes you excel in.
Get to know the department chairperson and ask for guidance and letters of recommendation.
Add internships in your field to boost your experience and compliment your education.