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Addressing a Low GPA

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Addressing a Low GPA [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2011, 13:01
Hi Folks,

How would you go about addressing a fairly low undergraduate GPA? I am interested in attending a Canadian B-school in about 2 years and I would like to take some initial steps to downplay my low GPA. I went to a reputable Canadian university and received a modest 65% cGPA.

I completed a 1 year post-graduate certificate after earning my degree, mainly HR related courses (10 classes). I made sure to take Financial and Management Accounting and I obtained an overall 3.5 cGPA as an alternate transcript. I have obtained a relevant designation in HR to show my commitment towards professional advancement in my chosen field. After my MBA, I would like to get into Human Capital Consulting or Executive Compensation.

I have about 2 years worth of work experience as an HR Analyst in Compensation at a top 50 employer in Canada. I have yet to write the GMAT but I am obviously aiming for >600. I know this will be a struggle as I have not looked at this sort of material in some time.

However, is there anything else I can do to mitigate my low GPA outside of doing well on the GMAT? Or, should I solely focus my attention on the GMAT in the next few months?

Any insight you may have would be greatly appreciated. My target schools are Schulich, Rotman, McGill, Ivey, McMaster, UBC, and Queens.

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Re: Addressing a Low GPA [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2011, 19:58
I had a lower GPA than I would like, and I took seven classes (five quant focused), got a 4.0, and addressed it in the optional essay. You've done that, but you also need great work experience/EC leadership and a solid GMAT. That's my take.
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Re: Addressing a Low GPA [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2011, 09:23
Hi Ssing3. Thank you for sharing a great question.

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Re: Addressing a Low GPA [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2011, 21:13
I have the same issue and I received several pieces of advice:
1) sign up for some classes, even if they will not be finished by time you apply, you can let them know you are signed up. take courses that you are weak in on your transcript. Calculus is most important according to my consultant.
2) I just sort of mentioned this in another message, but your recommenders can speak to your strong skills - if you come froma finance background but did poorly in quant classes, they can talk about how you are very strong in this area
3) try to do well on GMAT
4) you might want to discuss in optional essay but do not make excises or sound like cry baby - just explain what happened!
Re: Addressing a Low GPA   [#permalink] 24 Jan 2011, 21:13
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