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Need Advice - Low GPA

diabl0diabl0 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
edited August 2018 in Graduate School
Hi everyone!

I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Economics (double major), from a top #15 ranked college. I have a cumulative GPA of 3.11 and a Major GPA (for Psychology) of ~3.6. I have 1.5-2 years worth of research experience in a Psychology lab as a research assistant. I am currently studying hard for the GRE's and will take the exam next month.

1) What programs do I even have a chance of getting into for Psychology (MA/Msc/PhD), given my low GPA?
2) What schools/universities do you suggest I have a chance of getting into? Top 25? Top 15?

Any help/feedback will be appreciated! Thank you!

Replies to: Need Advice - Low GPA

  • diabl0diabl0 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    Any advice yall?
  • diabl0diabl0 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    Please, anyone???
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 28,853 Senior Member
    What do your own professors and advisors suggest? Start with them.
  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls Registered User Posts: 4,869 Senior Member
    I don't think that 3.6 in your major is all that bad.

    When I was an undergrad I was a math major, with my overall GPA driven down by two bad grades in art classes. This didn't seem to hurt my chances at all when applying to graduate school.

    I agree with @happymomof1. You should ask your academic advisor what he or she recommends. Professors in the psychology department will have a LOT of experience sending students off to graduate school. My guess is that even after having graduated, your former academic advisor should still be happy to chat with you.
  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 12,673 Super Moderator
    edited August 2018
    This forum is a lot slower-moving than the main college forums, so 2 hours isn't really long enough to expect a response, let alone 7 minutes :)

    I responded via PM, but just to add here - you'd really need to provide more information. What subfield are you going into? What research area? Those are really important for choosing a psychology doctoral program, and important for estimating your competitiveness. The top 25 programs in clinical psychology, for example, are far more competitive/selective than the top 25 programs in experimental or quantitative psychology. (I'm not sure there even are 25 programs in quantitative psychology.)
  • erosemorinerosemorin Registered User Posts: 106 Junior Member
    In my opinion, Your grades aren't bad, but I don't think they're competitive enough to get straight into a doctoral program (PhD). Going the masters route first is probably more realistic. And there's nothing wrong with that.

    Not knowing your location, it's hard to say where you might have a chance getting into. Do some of your own research, figure out what programs in your area might suit you.
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