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Sundarban1

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i am in dilema and trying to get some ans.......background hx, the usual low gpa 2.65 Bs in biology, i am trying to improve my gpa and i have decided that a MS is the only way to go because a postbacc i will just be taking classes that i have already taken in my degree, i need a full corse load of science classes. the problem is i have applied to all the MS i can think of and no one wants me 1!!!!. i know i can do the work i am so much more focused now than ever..... does anyone kow of a program that will take me with my gpa. my head is literally spinning right now. pls advice needed.
oooh and also i was thinkin of a 2nd bachelors but since i already have a bio degree ???? is there a point the financial aid maybe but what degree can it be if i decide to go through that route.

I repeat, unless you are applying to Osteopathic schools, graduate level grades WILL NOT enhance your undergraduate GPA. Assuming you're interest is Allopathic schools, the only option you have to raise your undergraduate GPA are post-bacc classes at the undergraduate level.

Although you've already taken most, if not all of you're required courses as an undergraduate (with B's in biology), if you have less than a B in any of the other pre-reqs or upper level sciences, the rule of thumb is to repeat those courses.

There are several options:
A. Take upper level scinece classes (assuming you've earned at least a B in all your pre-reqs).
B. If you have NOT earned a B in your pre-req classes, repeat them in addition to adding a few more upper-level science classes to get your GPA as close to 3.0 as possible.
C. Apply to Special-Master's Programs (NOT MS programs) once you've taken the MCAT, and see if you can go in that route.
D. Forget about allopathic medicine if you've taken a ton of science classes and cannot get into an SMP program. Simply do your MS in a science and if you do well enough apply to Osteopathic schools. These schools do factor your graduate level grades with your undergraduate level grades.

Hope that helped.
 
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thanks i was thinking about doing that but the school here only allows you to take 2 classes at a time . i would be retaking classes forever. thanks for the input

No problem. The sad reality is that your GPA needs a boost and the only way to do that is though post bacc programs, not traditional master's programs. You can check specific schools but I believe most medical schools require at least a 2.7 (+/-) GPA just to be considered. Since you're right on the boarderline it would not hurt to do really well in a few science classes, perhaps taking them at other institutions. The only other viable option I see, outside of osteopathic schools, is SMP programs. However with that GPA you will have to do really well on the MCAT to be considered for most of them.
 

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can you expand on what you mean...
"unless you are applying to Osteopathic schools, graduate level grades WILL NOT enhance your undergraduate GPA"
do osteopathic schools factor in your graduate GPA with undergrad grades or weigh it more heavily than allopathic schools? i know that osteopathic schools allow grade replacements, but this would be an interesting possibility...
 

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after reading these forum excessively and finding what others before you have found successful...take at least 30 credits of upper level science classes...apply to do a SMP (not a regular masters because i havent seen too many ppl successful after regular masterz), apply to medical school with a good mcat (30 and above) with at least 3 years of cosistent work, EC that look good, Recs, research, and a good personality and u will get in.
 
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