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taking online courses to justify my low GPA...Please advise [#permalink]
17 Jun 2007, 21:02
I intend to apply in first round in next admission cycle. My undergrad GPA is 2.8 …I really want to fix this problem. What can be the best way to address this issue ?…..other than explaining in optional essay.
I am thinking of taking some online courses in Accounting/Business to prove my academic ability. I am not sure How adcoms see taking courses online. Does taking courses online compensate for taking regular classes?
Any suggestions about some particular online course ?
Thank you in advance.
There was a long post on this elsewhere, but I can summarize:
taking a class can't hurt. Of course, doing well in a single class is not the same as handling an entire courseload, so keep that in mind.
However, be sure to take a course of appropriate rigor. Online universities and community colleges may not offer you what you need. (That's not to say that online courses are out: UC Berkeley Extension courses are well-regarded.)
Consider the course you want to take: calc, stats, finance, micro/macro econ and acctg are all good choices. Econ and acctg are considered less quantitative. If you've taken one of these before and did ok, don't do that. Do another.
I appreciate your input. I have looked at UC berkely extension website but unfortunately, either they are not offering course in these subjects in summer or the courses are already filled. So, I have narrowed down my research to UCLA extention. I am planning to take 3 Pre-MBA level courses in Accounting, Statistics & Mathematics/finance. are they gonna be enough ? Please let me know if you have any suggestion.
I would guess that UCLA's extension is comparable to Berkeley's, particulary if the classes actually say something about being adequate pre-reqs for UCLA's MBA program.
Enough? Who knows! I knit socks for the homeless. This other guy builds houses for the homeless. You can't really get into the enough game - you'll go mad.
I think stats and calc are priorities, but if you've taken calc before, then you can skip it now. Acctg, finance, and micro/macro are all courses that I've also heard mentioned, so it seems like you're on the right track.
Just don't underestimate the time it takes to do these courses. I'm going to struggle to finish my stats class before the deadline, and it's only because it's hard to prioritize an online class and because I'm so much busier than I thought I would be in the run-up to moving, etc.
My advice on this issue: make a list of all the portions of your application process: classes you want to take, program research & visits, GMAT, applications, interviews, admitted student weekends. Basically everything from now until you send in that deposit money. Now, assign dates to those items. It's unlikely you'll stick to this, but if I had been a little more organized with my time and had had a better understanding of all the various pieces, life would have been a little easier.
I think that UCLA's online extension is probably better than a community college. The grades and courses are directly transferable for full-time students at UCLA (or any other UC if I recall). I think that means there must be some minimum level of rigor that probably isn't common to all community college courses.
Impossible to say if 3 courses are enough, if that's what you can do then do it and hope for the best.
I've taken some online courses through UCLA extension and they were just as tough as the live courses! Online education has really improved in recent years especially since many of the profs that teach the regular courses will teach the online versions. So you get the same content. I think adcom are aware of that.
Another way to prove your academic ability is to get a really great score on the GMAT! Strengthening all the other aspects of the your application package will help too - extra-curriculars, recommedations, essays, etc.