I'm considering to apply for a PhD. My situation is roughly this:

  • GPA in my BSc is about 2/4.
  • GPA in my MSc will be about 3.6/4

I have two peer-reviewed conference papers with proceedings and two peer-reviewed journal publications. I'm a first author in two of them. I could probably have two good recommendation letters. Third would be related to teaching, not research.

Would I have any chance to get admitted to top universities? I feel that the BSc GPA is a problem. And I'm now in a small university no one has never heard of. On the other hand, my MSc grades are good, and as different from my BSc grades as "night and day." Will schools likely give more weight to my MSc or BSc grades?

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    What is your area?
    – user774025
    Sep 22, 2013 at 9:28
  • Give that he mentions peer-reviewed conferences, I assume @thinking is a computer scientist. But what kind of computer scientist? Are the papers at conferences and journals everyone (in CS) has heard of?
    – JeffE
    Sep 23, 2013 at 3:14
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    @StrongBad: IMHO, this is NOT a duplicate because of slight wrinkle. Here (and not in the other case), the OP has MUCH better grades in the Master's Program, than in the Bachelor's program. I would like to base an answer on the "progression" rather than the "blended" average, and was wondering if the question can be re-opened.
    – Tom Au
    Jun 14, 2014 at 1:26
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    @StrongBad: I tried to improve the question by stating my main point, that the MSc grades were in a "different world" than the BSc grades. There are several other questions along the lines of "can an EARLY bad grade be overcome by my RECENT record?" That's different from the other question, "My transcripts suck. There's no way to dress it up."
    – Tom Au
    Jun 14, 2014 at 18:27


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