While we cannot speak to whether you would be referred for admission without reviewing a complete application, we can illuminate some pieces of our application review process. The GPA cutoff for admission to the Graduate School is 3.0 in the last degree earned. Once in a while, we receive a really strong M.E. application with a GPA just below a 3.0. When this happens, we may advise the applicant to take 6 credits of 500-level courses as a non-degree seeking (non-admitted) student. If the applicant is able to demonstrate their ability to earn a B or better in these courses, we can reconsider their application for admission. This means we review the application again and, if we choose to refer the applicant for admission to the Graduate School, we will submit a low GPA petition on the applicant’s behalf. The Graduate School makes the final decision about whether an applicant is admitted. If admitted, and provided the applicant completed 6 credits that met graduate program requirements, the 6 credits could count towards their graduate program.
Note: we only take this route occasionally with M.E. applicants. Taking courses as a non-degree seeking (non-admitted) student does not guarantee admission.