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Does a Master's Help erase a bad undergrad GPA?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by nygirl243, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. nygirl243

    nygirl243 5+ Year Member

    Sep 11, 2007
    so my friend has a 3.4 GPA and is convinced he will be a walk-in to a med school if he gets his master's and has a 3.8+ in that. I told him to get a freakin' 4.0 and a damn high MCAT, cause I feel that the 3.4 is gonna hurt a lot and our school isn't the best (CUNY). What do you guys think?
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  3. seraph524

    seraph524 M0 2+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Unfortunately, a Masters will not help your friend do that. Graduate school is notorious (at least in adcom's eyes) to be grade inflated, and will not have as big of an impact on admission chances are your friend might think.
  4. nygirl243

    nygirl243 5+ Year Member

    Sep 11, 2007
  5. Lokhtar

    Lokhtar Dreaming about the lions 7+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2007
    No, a masters will not help.
  6. abcabc1

    abcabc1 2+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    A Master's will not help as much. Not all Grad Schools are easy, but the grades are placed in the student's Grad School GPA, so the undergrad GPA stays. Med Schools are compared based on ugrad GPA.

    Your friend should take undergrad Science courses at a local school (CUNY is fine) and shoot for A's. That will raise his undergrad GPA, both cumulative and BCMP. This would be the better route and possible less costly as well.

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