Best option for low undergrad GPA (Engineering)?
Sorry in advance for this post. I usually don't like to pose these types of questions, but this is the best way I can think of to garner some varied opinions.
So I'm at a bit of a crossroads when it comes to deciding whether to pursue graduate school, and its mainly because I'm having trouble gauging what my expectations should realistically be. I graduated with a sub-par GPA (2.99, UCLA Chemical Engineering), but I have good GRE scores. I've been working for over a year in the Pharma Industry since graduation, but I think this may actually hurt me because it makes it more difficult to get academic letters of recommendation and my work is not research based. I literally have no idea what type of graduate programs I would be a competitive applicant at, but I know I will have to go several tiers lower (relative to undergrad). I am not picky when it comes to choosing a field of study because I want to use this degree to advance my career, and am not interested in research. I've considered programs in Chemical/Bio Engineering, Pharmaceutical science/development and Statistics.
If anyone has had any experience applying to graduate schools from a similar situation, or can name some schools that I might be competitive at, I would really appreciate you sharing.
Also, I intentionally haven't specified whether I'm looking for PhD or Masters programs. I am open to both possibilities, but I think my preferred option would be to go to masters at one school, then phD at another. I'm not sure how practical this is with transferring credits, so if someone can comment on this, that would also be appreciated.