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    Post GPA For Graduate School?

    I'm currently finishing up my last year at UC Berkeley and I'm taking up an interest in graduate schools. My GPA isn't too high and I was just wondering how much of an impact it serves in the application to grad schools. Obviously, I'm not expecting to get into an Ivy League school, state school would even be fine. I want to become a therapist - family/marriage - and if anyone can give me some tips or maybe from their own personal experience - what do these grad schools look for? What is the usual minimum GPA to be able to be qualified for the Master's or PhD programs?

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    It should say on their website what the minimum requirements are. For my program it was 3 or 3.2 out of 4. However, if it's a competitive field, the basic requirements may not be enough to ensure acceptance. For this reason, it is best to apply to as many schools as you can possible afford to. Include schools with top ratings, medium ratings, and low ratings, and see what kinds of offers you get.

    References are also really important. Since the professors must give honest answers, regardless of how much they like you personally, it's important to pick professors whose classes you achieved high marks in. (and also ones who like you, of course.)

    Finally, the sooner you apply, the better chances you'll have of acceptance and funding.

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    I'm not quite sure how it works in your field, but coming from someone in the business world and having talked with several top tier MBA graduates...it seems that very few people typically get their graduate degree right after college.

    It doesn't serve any purpose to have all of this education and no experience to back it up. It is best to think of a graduate degree as a compliment to your senior career develpment...not an extension of your undergrad degree.

    The best schools will probably not admit you without some real world experience or unless you cured cancer, have successfully run your own therapy practice, or have a rich relative that donated piles of money to their school.

    This is all of course from the perspective of someone pursuing their MBA, I'm not sure how it works for someone that has a different focus such as yourself.

    I do know some individuals that got into some top tier grad schools, but they had exceptional interviewing skills, work experience, and scored exceptionally well on their entrance exam(s). And if it's anything like an MBA...anything short of the top 8-10 business schools is a waste of time unless you're an educator where a top degree holds some value and prestige.

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    I think it'll be kind of hard for the OP to get 'real world experiance'. It was my understanding that you needed a Phd in her field (therapy) to actually counsel people.

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    GPA is not as heavily weighted for graduate school as it is for gettting into undergraduate school. However, heavy emphasis is put on GREs or other graduate school entrance exams and "other activities"/work experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roasted Carrots [Register to see the link]
    I think it'll be kind of hard for the OP to get 'real world experiance'. It was my understanding that you needed a Phd in her field (therapy) to actually counsel people.
    Not true. My friend is a therapist with only a masters degree. She is currently working as a therapist and pursuing her Phd.

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    Yeah, but I mean I'll only have a B.A. and not a Master's so I can't quite counsel people without the grad school experience. I was thinking of volunteering/interning maybe for a psychologist/therapist and putting that on my application as well.

    And I agree with you about the GRE's.

    Thank you to everyone who posted here and gave me advice, this is really helping me

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    Interning is a big plus...the more you show that you are committed to being a counselor the more appeal you present to the admissions. Plus UC Berkeley is a great school so you have a leg up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richmonder80 [Register to see the link]
    Not true. My friend is a therapist with only a masters degree. She is currently working as a therapist and pursuing her Phd.
    Really? I did not know this.

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    If you are coming from a top-tier school like Berkely, your GPA does not have to be as high as someone coming from a school not a highly regarded. I had a 3.4 GPA from a very nice school and I was accepted at every grad school I applied to. I was even courted by some. So, I would imagine a 3.0 from Berkely is equal to a 3.8 at other schools.

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