young556646 wrote:1. 3.3 GPA in math seems really low. If your gpa is one of the best in your institute, you definitely have to explain it in your SOP. You can also discuss with your letter writers, if you have one from your undergraduate institute - some of them can explain it in their letters. If you graduated with honors, that would help explaining this a lot.
2. I am not sure about this.
3. Taking many graduate courses as an undergraduate will be helpful, but as a master, it is nothing that special.
4. It will never be bad, but I am not sure how helpful it would be. I believe they will be much more interested about your research as a master. Anyway, you should mention it in your application.
5. I believe that can be a problem - but I never heard of such cases, so I am not sure.
6. If you have any research experience on that topic, and strongly emphasize your interest and experience in such topics in your application, then of course you have higher chances in such schools than others. However, that can also be a dangerous strategy - but given that you believe your application is not very strong so that you want to differentiate it from others, you can give it a try. Try to contact those professors in advance.
7. A 990 in mGRE will help your application a little, but not that much - you better not rely on good GRE and mGRE scores. Try to improve other aspects - research experience and recommendation letters. A well-written SOP may help a lot in some schools, while others just do not care much about SOPs and rely on recommendations, but I do not know where they are.
FtYoU wrote:Be careful with GPA. International schools have a different rating system and the tests are also very different.
A 3.5 GPA in the US is "average" which is definitely not the case in international schools if you were to just normalize your grade between 0-4.
For example, I come from a French institution and we have a scale of 0-20. Having 10/20 is average here, but having 15/20 is already top 2%.
French schools never or rarely give out perfect grade like 20/20. But a 4 GPA is common in the US.
You need to submit your transcript to a reputable evaluation organization to have a US GPA equivalent.
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