I graduated with 2.7 undergrad, and currently pursuing a masters degree and will graduate with 3.3. I plan to apply for PhD programs in engineering for 2017 Fall.

Here is my question: Many schools state that they require 3.0 GPA or so, but how do I know that whether they intend undergrad GPA?

Do you think should I apply to such school that states that

Minimum GPA: The MS and PhD program has a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.


Is it waste of my time if I have stellar letters of references and cool research experiences?


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My undergraduate GPA was much lower than yours. My MSc GPA was also lower than yours. I got admitted to a top 40 US school (engineering and fully funded). I had good recommendation letters and few journal publications. This was five years ago. I know there are few guys here who have similar GPA, etc as your. So, It's very possible!

  • Thanks a lot. With your answer and several answers scattered through the website, i feel like i have a chance after all!
    – xusnac
    Commented May 14, 2016 at 14:04
  • Of course you do! The is to stay motivated and never give up!
    – The Guy
    Commented May 14, 2016 at 15:05

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