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Failed out of Graduate School

rcgoldrcgold Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited August 2013 in Graduate School
Hi, I am need of a lot of help. The Fall of 08, I attended my 1st semester of graduate school, however I found out that I was kicked out when I recieved one C and two B's my first semester. Although the 2 teachers I did receive B's in tried to help me when I tried to appeal to the college I was denied. So I tried to apply to other graduate schools, but I was denied which im pretty sure was because I was kicked out of my first Graduate school. So I really feel lost and dont know what to do. Does anyone have any advise? Please help.
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Replies to: Failed out of Graduate School

  • Professor XProfessor X Registered User Posts: 893 Member
    Get a job and reapply in a few years.
  • carpecccarpecc Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Yea, get a job, take some part time classes, reboot, refocus. Or if you really want to go back to school now, you might have to apply lower in the food chain, which might not be bad for certain careers.
  • eager2heareager2hear Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Did the university offer you a conditional acceptance prior to your attendance? If you don't mind me asking, what program did you apply to?
  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 11,670 Super Moderator
    The conditional acceptance situation - possibly, but a lot of graduate schools will kick you out if you get any Cs regardless of your acceptance status, especially if your two other grades are Bs. Generally in grad school As are expected and Bs are tolerated; Cs are unacceptable.
  • ParAlumParAlum Registered User Posts: 439 Member
    what is your field of graduate study. In biomedical related fields, you can remediate your situation by working in a research lab (academic or biotech). This approach can also help you learn if this field is really one that you want for a long term career.
  • MaceVindalooMaceVindaloo Registered User Posts: 221 Junior Member
    I think working in a research lab is important (or working in whatever field you plan to study), but in the end you did poorly in the academic portion. I would do as ParAlum said and really figure out if graduate school is the right path for you. If you decide that it is, it might be worth it to start taking some classes within your field. I think time is your best friend in this situation. You need to show you can consistently perform well while handling a full workload and demonstrate that the first time was a fluke (a good essay will handle some of that).

    Since you did not indicate your field, it is hard to say if going to a lower tier university or doing a master's program first is worth it.
  • hahalolkhahalolk Registered User Posts: 1,757 Senior Member
    I don't know anything about grad school, but how can a C get a person kicked out? Please explain.
  • ParAlumParAlum Registered User Posts: 439 Member
    in graduate school, you are training to be a leading expert in a field. anything less than a "B" is considered unacceptable progress. So a "c" is a failing grade in graduate school.
  • MaceVindalooMaceVindaloo Registered User Posts: 221 Junior Member

    The academic standards for graduate school are completely different. Schools usually have a minimum requirement of 3.0, and even that is considered "bad" to get. If you are in graduate school (for a PhD specifically), you are training to be a scholar essentially. A low grade demonstrates that you have not truly comprehended the material. In addition, some schools offer fellowships and stipends so they will not want to continue funding a student that is not motivated.

    However, I can see how someone would get those grades because graduate school is completely different than undergrad. Sometimes people just need to ease into it a few years later. I worked with several people who did not do well at first, so they worked their butts off and got into it later. They were both extremely motivated, and just needed to do it at their own pace.
  • hahalolkhahalolk Registered User Posts: 1,757 Senior Member
    That makes sense. Thanks for explaining!
  • mtollivermtolliver Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    RCGOLD I was in a DNP program and I received two C's as well in the class and the clinical part of the class even though the professor told me I was passing the clinical part, in the end she gave me a C for both and even though my GPA was still above a 3.0 (3.14) per the school's policy if you receive a grade below a B in two classes you get permanently dismissed without possibility of reapplying. I think is ridiculous, I spent three years of my hard earned time and money there and they permanently dismiss you without possibility of reapplying, I think that is a drastic way to handle graduate school. I felt and still feel devastated, but I am in the process of reapplying to other school's hoping that they will take a chance. Grad school is hard and I think that these ##### people that state that second chances are not given are being unreasonable because life is out of your control, I was dealing with an unfaithful spouse so getting C's was good considering.
  • WordworkerWordworker Registered User Posts: 869 Member
    Is DNP a program to train nurse practitioners?

    If so, think about the skills and habits nurses need. If you were the patient, would you want your nurse to mess up a medicine dose because he/she is having family problems? Nurses are in a position to do serious harm, so the standards need to be high.
  • BlockheadBlockhead Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    edited March 2014
    I don't get why some Grad schools aren't pass or fail. In my program, I knew someone who failed a class and was still allowed to graduate. Then again, I went to an MFA program, so the rigor isn't the same. But even at my school, they were understanding that some people might not do well during their first semester. But it just seems so defeating to just dismiss someone and kick them out.
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