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How to get into MBA program with low GPA?

Arty asked on Sep 09, 2019 - 3 answers

Hi all,

Is that possible to get into M7 or Insead with a low undegraduate GPA sub 2,3?

If it's possible, what can help me? What should i start doing right now?

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replied on Sep 09, 2019
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Hi Arty,

It boils down to how you can distinguish yourself from everyone else. A good GMAT score and great essays/recommendations will help in keeping you in the consideration. But, what else are you doing to stand out? This is where you experience becomes critical. I was in the Kellogg adcom. We have taken candidates with low GMAT scores and/or low GPAs. Feel free to drop me a DM and we can discuss more.

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Serdar replied on Sep 09, 2019
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Hi Arty,

An undergraduate GPA sub 2.3 would make it difficult to gain admissions on a Top 10 MBA program but there are a few actions that can help you.


Why it is difficult: Average GPAs and GMAT scores increase each year. GPAs of incoming classes are around 3.5-3.7 and GMAT averages 710-730 for these programs (Source: https://www.accepted.com/mba/selectivity-index). These students also have at least decent work experience. Thus, you need a pretty strong case to make up for that GPA but it is NOT impossible.

What you can do:

  • Elaborate on extenuating circumstances (if any).
  • Score high on GMAT. A score +750 would definitely improve your chances.
  • Retake some of the classes and pass them with high grades.
  • Get another degree (not necessarily a business-related one) and succeed in it.
  • Perform well in your job and try to get promotions.
  • Get involved in volunteering.

I hope my answer will not discourage you from pursuing an MBA. It is increasingly an uphill battle but it is not impossible.

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Hi,

Undergrad GPAs is only one of the criteria used by the admissions office. Your essays and GMAT score carry a much higher weight in the selection process. So yes, I would focus on getting a good GMAT (700+) score and then really focus on the essays in the application.