I am from India. I have MBA degree with 2.5 GPA and my high school and college grades also not good either. This is largely because of my disinterest in the subjects I studied rather than pursuing my passion that is social sciences. Now at 33 years I have 11 years of corporate experience post MBA primarily in Business Research and Advisory, I am determined to get a Masters/phd (MA in Political Sciences/multi disciplinary social sciences). Please advise how do I tackle this? What would some of the strategies to adopt with regard to my corporate work experience to compensate for my bad grades in gaining admission in to a good university in US?

  • @ff524: This person has corporate work experience (and eleven years of it). Is that enough to differentiate this question from the other one about teaching experience (and not far from out of school)? – Tom Au Aug 28 '14 at 14:50
  • @TomAu it's just a more specific version. We could have dozens of variations on "I have a bad transcript and thing that's mentioned in the answers there as a way to overcome a bad transcript"; they don't all warrant a new question, because the general question includes all those variations. – ff524 Aug 28 '14 at 15:31
  • @TomAu think of it like this: if we have a question "What can overcome a bad transcript" with N answers, we don't then need N questions of the form "Can X overcome a bad transcript" for each of those answers. – ff524 Aug 28 '14 at 15:35
  • Admission to a U.S. program will likely require GRE scores. If those are excellent (in the top 5% of scores), that may swamp grades...but not totally. Of course, there are many low-quality programs you could get into, but getting into a U.S. political science program other than one in the top-50 or so is a waste of your time and money (this coming from someone in the discipline). – Thomas Aug 28 '14 at 15:40