If you are thinking about an MBA but worried about a low undergraduate GPA there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, if your GPA rose over the course of your undergraduate career, and you have other exceptional credentials, there is a good chance you will get accepted to a competitive program. So what are these other exceptional credentials? Letters of recommendation from employers are probably the most critical, but a compelling personal statement can go a long way. While business school admissions committees generally give undergraduate GPA a lot of weight in deciding whether to admit an applicant, the importance of GPA varies across programs. Ultimately, admissions committee members need to be convinced that you will be able to complete their program and have a successful business career. In light of this, a relatively low undergraduate GPA can be offset by strong GMAT scores, solid letters of recommendation, and most importantly work experience and a high level of commitment.
If you’re still undecided about which business programs to apply to, consider using the GradTrek grad school search engine. GradTrek is the world’s first MBA search engine that includes every MBA program in the United States (rather than only the top 50 or 100), and matches users to degree programs based on their GPA and GMAT score. GradTrek uses your GPA, along with other search criteria like your interests, location, budget, and GMAT scores to match you to the schools and programs that fit your GPA. The algorithm shows the programs that best matches the search criteria and will give you an idea of where it would be best to apply. GradTrek includes every type of specialized MBA degree, including evening degrees, executive degrees, part-time, and global/international degrees. We also allow our users to search by specific areas of business specialization, including marketing, finance, accounting, strategy and every other area.
The results are sorted by the best fit. The GradTrek database includes every advanced business degree in the US offered by accredited universities. If you do not like the top recommendations, simply scroll down the list to find the next best options. The counter on the top updates in real time as you modify the search criteria. This helps in narrowing or expanding your search criteria to reach a manageable list of programs.
If you have questions about graduate school admissions requirements, or want to know how admissions committees make decisions, our CEO Gabe is answering questions in the forum on TheGradCafe.com under the alias SocProf. He’s also available on Quora, and of course you can reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.