I'm working on some graduate school applications, and I've been wondering...
If I'm missing some classes these schools require(this is more relevant in different states)will my application be less desirable to that particular school, because I will have to take some extra classes in order to start that program.

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    Please edit your post to clarify the kind of program you're applying to. There's a big difference between programs like computer science, chemistry, etc. where students can sometimes "make up" undergraduate coursework after enrolling in the graduate programs, versus programs in fields like physical therapy, pharmacy, and dentistry, that strictly require certain prerequisites and won't consider applications of students without them. – ff524 Jan 1 '16 at 2:24

It's probably inappropriate to say it always "count against you," but it is fair to say that it will be taken into consideration.

For instance, some schools may not admit you officially to the master's or doctoral program in a field if you are missing classes normally expected of students in a given program (for instance, if you're missing analytical chemistry and applying for a chemistry master's). In still other cases, you may be admitted to a program, but with no allowances actually made for the courses missing—that is, you'd be expected to pass the graduate-level courses just like everybody else enrolled in the program.

On the other hand, if you are missing too many "core" classes, then you will probably find yourself struggling to gain admission, since the admissions committee may (rightly?) feel that you have too much prior work to make up.

  • That helps, it's only two to three max. If they offered these at my current institution I wouldn't be concerned. Anyway, thanks! – Austin Mauldin Jan 1 '16 at 2:11
  • When I heard "required," I was thinking of programs that strictly require students to have certain classes before starting the program to be considered for admission. e.g. many Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. I don't think of "normally expected" as "required." – ff524 Jan 1 '16 at 2:12
  • Yeah, I could have been more clear... Sorry about that! – Austin Mauldin Jan 1 '16 at 2:14
  • @AustinMauldin Can you edit your question to be more clear, i.e. specify whether you meant "normally expected" coursework or "required" coursework? – ff524 Jan 1 '16 at 2:15
  • @ff524: I think in the case you state, a provisional admission, if possible, would be the likely result. – aeismail Jan 1 '16 at 2:15

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