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Choice: Gap Year vs. Business Graduate Degree

HugeCavities

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My university has just added a new program: Graduate Degree in (Business) Management
I will be applying this cycle but will have finished my degree. I would like to remain very competitive for the next cycle, just in case I was not accepted this cycle.

I see most people take an SMP, but it is probably too late for me to apply to that. This graduate degree would be one year long, but it is NOT SCIENCE-BASED. It is entirely business-focused, mainly for small-business management (finance, risk and people management). It seems like it is for non-business majors or adults who currently work, and would want an extra degree for their resume (it is a part-time degree, but I would add courses so I remain a full-time student). My thinking is that, as dentists, we will all be small-business managers, and I think I would genuinely learn helpful material to my future career compared to taking weird bird courses.

My other option is to take a gap year and fill it with bird courses to boost my GPA and continue shadowing as usual.

Would a non-science based graduate degree such as this be helpful for admissions? Or would it have zero effect, and I am better off taking easier bird courses to boost my GPA?

Background: I am a Canadian applicant to US dental schools.

THANK YOU for your help!
 
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HugeCavities

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What is your GPA currently? A non-science based graduate degree isn't going to boost it, so if your GPA turns out to be an issue this cycle, it's not going to do anything for you there next cycle either.

My overall GPA is 3.67, sGPA is 3.5 and BCP GPA is 3.675. I had a really steep upwards trend (3.3 -> 3.68 -> 3.76 -> 3.94). As a Canadian applicant, I could use the GPA boost

Would you suggest taking easy science courses then?
 

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My overall GPA is 3.67, sGPA is 3.5 and BCP GPA is 3.675. I had a really steep upwards trend (3.3 -> 3.68 -> 3.76 -> 3.94). As a Canadian applicant, I could use the GPA boost

Would you suggest taking easy science courses then?

Your GPA is fine as it is, and the strong upward trend helps too. I don't think you need to worry about additional courses and I wouldn't suggest paying an extra year's worth of tuition even if you don't get in.
 
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