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Provide a copy of the original transcript(s) detailing all the grades. Any university will convert the values according to their "rules" and evaluate your application as necessary.


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It is hard to answer this question as the educational systems in the US and the EU are very different at the undergraduate level. A bachelor's degree, say in mathematics, in the US includes many other courses such as writing, history, philosophy, etc. Only about half of the program is mathematics. In the EU the degree is normally much more focused on maths. ...


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If you intend to pursue a professional career and not a career in research sector, I would say "apply with no hesitation". Do not let your doubts and cognitive biases prevent you from accomplishing all you deserve. For someone in your age, grades do not matter anymore. Even for someone straight out of college, I would say that grades do not really matter. ...


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In short: You need to do some research-type work during your Master's to evaluate if your desire to get a Ph.D. has some foundation. You certainly would have a chance to get into a Ph.D. program with strong enough application. However, you would have to work hard during your Master's. There are several things you need to consider: you have not yet ...


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I notice you are aiming pretty high given your GPA. A more fruitful strategy would be to pick a small number of topics you are really interested in, and try to find departments/professors in less prestigious universities that do interesting research in those topics. Not all great research happens at the top universities. Applying to those would be easier ...


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I'll assume this is the US. Most places will want the average over the four years, just as if you had switched from one four year program to another. You can list the two separately if you like, unless you are filling out an online form that only permits one number. But if you need to report a single number you should provide the most honest weighted ...


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It is good to aim high. It is also good to have broad target. If you apply to only a few schools with very similar profiles then being rejected by one will probably have a similar outcome at the others. So, I recommend a range of schools if you really want a degree and not just bragging rights about a top 50 school. But, about your GPA. It isn't a plus, of ...


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The situation is chaotic and it is difficult to make a prediction or give firm advice. Either path could be better than the other, depending on the judgments of others. However, one prediction that I can make with confidence is that universities sending out grades will also be sending out explanations that extraordinary measures were taken in extraordinary ...


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I have received my undergrad degree in Eastern Europe, and my GPA was below 3 when I graduated. Of course it was a disadvantage while applying the grad school in the US because the admission offices usually check the GPA of an applicant first, and I was rejected directly. Yes, it was difficult to get accepted but not impossible. Here are some things that ...


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I think your experience in industry will appeal to master's degree admission committees. Your application/cv should describe your technical skills. Get letters from your coworkers that speak to your competence with them and your ability to learn. . Your cover letter can talk briefly about your health problems as an undergraduate. I don't know whether the ...


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From another answer I wrote I have seen people get into harvard within 3.20 range and I have seen people get rejected with perfect 4.00 from "lesser" schools. From what I have seen it is more about what a transcript / application tells rather than whatever the GPA is... I fear no one here would reliably be able to tell you your odds with this amount of ...


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They will look at the overall more than the specific courses (in general, some schools will vary) for the simple reason that it is just easier. Consider the difficulties in doing subset examination of grades for applicants from different schools with different major requirements and names of courses. I don't recommend staying longer to get grades up. Move ...


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If this is the US, then it could be either, but the grades that are most important are the ones that relate to your background and aptitude for the program you apply to. Some others may also be weighted fairly heavily. For example, if you apply in CS, then your grades in a writing course might be considered significant, since writing is an important part of ...


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First the difference between a GPA of 3.76 and 3.8 doesn't seem very big or relevant to me. Beyond that, in general I would not put the two numbers in the application. Put the GPA of your already graded courses, so the 3.76 and write next to it that it is preliminary and in particular does not contain your thesis grade yet, which accounts for 20% of the ...


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Don't "convert" your GPA. Just leave it as is. For one thing, the most useful conversion from x/20 to y/4 is not necessarily as simple as dividing x by 5. I've been on grad admissions committees (in the U.S., for math) for many years, and our standard is to just look at the transcript, and to ignore student-reported stuff except as a place-holder.


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Always do it the way your university calculates it. When applying to graduate schools, they are aware that different universities will have different ways of calculating GPA, and often will make minor recalculations to fix your GPA against other applicants. So don't waste your time fretting about this. Of course, if you feel it's necessary, you can ...


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I'm an American who got my MSc in Germany so I've had to do this both ways. It's a pain. I know for employment in the US (if I use my MSc to try and get a job etc), the US Department of Education requires you to hire a company to do this. It typically costs a few hundred dollars and I suspect you'll have to do this at some point anyway to get into a US ...


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