How much impact will an undergraduate GPA have vs. a graduate GPA on future career? Differences between 3.7 and 3.8?

Hello all!
I just completed my masters in accountancy this may with a 3.7 GPA, and I earned an honors degree in undergrad with a 3.8 GPA. When I was an undergrad, I majored in accounting and double minored in marketing & economics. In September this year, I will be pursuing another master degree in public administration & international development for two years.

As far as professional experiences, I have always tried to work as much as possible when I was in school (have a total of 2 years of experiences) with finance internships at two of the Big-four accounting firms and three of the Fortune 100 companies.

Eventually I want to go work for one of the consulting firms or an international finance organization like the IMF/the World Bank.

However, I am scared that my 3.7 GPA in masters of accountancy will hinder my chances of getting into those organizations. Should I be concerned?? My grad GPA did decrease from undergrad, what is the possible impact? Will any of you provide more insight on what is valued more when it comes to getting a competitive job?

Thank you for the answers!!

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Aug 31,2015

Yeah man I'm sorry to tell you this, but your future is dim. The difference between that 3.7 and the 3.8 is going to really hinder your career.

Good luck my friend.

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Aug 31,2015

You think someone would want to hire you after seeing your GPA decrease from 3.8 to 3.7? It dropped off a cliff. You might as well apply for food stamps today...

 
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Aug 31,2015

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Aug 31,2015

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Aug 31,2015

Let's not get too optimistic with these goals. McDonald's bathroom attendant is much more attainable.

 
Aug 31,2015

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Aug 31,2015

lol okay guys- it all started with an acquaintance of mine who was leading the recruiting efforts at one of the firms. he told me that based on my GPA there was no chance for a 1st round.

all of your comments are funny. thanks for mocking me but i do appreciate the assurance!!

 
Aug 31,2015
lilylilylily96:

lol okay guys- it all started with an acquaintance of mine who was leading the recruiting efforts at one of the firms. he told me that based on my GPA there was no chance for a 1st round.

all of your comments are funny. thanks for mocking me but i do appreciate the assurance!!

That's some pretty shitty acquaintances you have there.

 
Aug 31,2015
  1. Have fun with those years of student loans.
  2. Even if you went to HBS you can't make up for the drop in GPA. Crucial mistake that will definitely hurt you when it comes to recruiting
 
 
Aug 31,2015

Do I think your master will clean it up a little? Yes.
A medium amount? Yes
A lot? Hard to say.

Passing the CFA L1 and a 4.0 in an Msc are no easy feats, so technically you have proven yourself.
It will really be up to chance now, and whether or not you will land in good graces.

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Aug 31,2015

Thanks for your reply.

This gives me confidence. I'm gonna work hard and try to get an summer internship next year. And maybe I sign up for the CFA level 2 exam.

 
 
Aug 31,2015

I'm in the same boat as you, where my graduate GPA is a 3.8, but my undergrad GPA was something like a 3.0. So on my resume I just list my MBA GPA and don't put my undergrad GPA. It's also unrelated because it was for a computer science degree (Which are wayyyyyy harder than business or finance at the school I went to)

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Aug 31,2015

If you have a 4.0 or something leave it on, because it's a value add. In your case, it's not, so I'd just list your masters GPA unless you absolutely shit yourself and get a worse GPA than your undergraduate.

 
Aug 31,2015

I think you just need your Masters; it's more relevant and more recent than your UG, especially since people probably look at your resume because of your Masters anyway.

 
Aug 31,2015

thanks that's comforting. the goal is MBB (like everyone else) but I am keeping my hopes in check and making sure I am competitive for "2nd tier" firms like delloite, Accenture, IBM, etc. thanks yall

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Aug 31,2015

Did you get in somewhere? I hope you did. Good luck.

 
Aug 31,2015

Undergrad gpa once youre in b school

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Does it matter at all? To anyone? Obviously talking about recruiters

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Aug 31,2015

Does your GPA in grad school matteR?

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Aug 31,2015
mhurricane:

Does your GPA in grad school matteR?

Not really.

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Aug 31,2015

Haha I always thought as long as you got into a school it didn't matter but now semi hearing other things from other people and worried :p

 
Aug 31,2015

At CBS/W/Booth. Depends on your interviewer and whether the school currently has Grade Non Disclosure in place.

Sure, some banks/consulting shops will ask you for your undergrad GPA, but I don't think it matters that much. If you're concerned about your ugrad GPA, crush your first semester and get very good grades. If your school has grade non disclosure, make dean's list. It stands out and could help mitigate any concerns your interviewer could have otherwise had with your ugrad GPA.

 
Aug 31,2015

id still tell them. eff everyone else lol

 
Aug 31,2015

id still tell them. eff everyone else lol

 
Aug 31,2015

Banks look down on kids who can't abide by honor policies, so I'm sure everyone else would love that.

 
Aug 31,2015

the banks and consulting firms still will ask even if your school has a NGD in place, some people still tell

 
Aug 31,2015

Absolutely can happen. Just went through banking recruiting and while I wasn't asked what my grades were, I was asked whether I made Dean's List. They specifically acknowledged that they know that they can't ask grades and don't want us to disclose our grades to them, either. So they made up for it by asking about Dean's List and making the interviews much more technical.

 
 
Aug 31,2015

Not a definitive answer here, but I know headhunters that do ask for undergrad GPA (hell they even ask for SATs oddly enough), probably because some MBA programs have non-disclosure policies for MBA GPAs, so they need some sort of number to screen candidates on.

I'd imagine direct recruiters that work at a bank are probably less caring about that stuff.

 
Aug 31,2015

Not a definitive answer here, but I know headhunters that do ask for undergrad GPA (hell they even ask for SATs oddly enough), probably because some MBA programs have non-disclosure policies for MBA GPAs, so they need some sort of number to screen candidates on.

I'd imagine direct recruiters that work at a bank are probably less caring about that stuff.

 
Aug 31,2015

This is not an MBA masters, so there's no non-disclosure policy.

 
Aug 31,2015

bump any more responses?

 
Aug 31,2015

Every resume I've seen from people 1-3 years out of grad school has had both undergrad and graduate GPA's included. I actually didn't know this was even a close situation. Most likely the only people choosing not to include it were people with bad GPA's like in your case.

Argument for leaving GPA off: If I were a recruiter, I'd assume your undergrad GPA not being shown looks bad, but you have some chance of this not being the case, whereas outright showing it tells them immediately.

Argument for including GPA: Given your undergrad was top 5, it is probably best to keep the brand name on there even with the bad GPA.

My vote is to include it.

 
Aug 31,2015

I would include it. If you don't include it, it would seem like you didn't include it because it was sub 3... As long as your grad GPA will be higher I think you should include

 
Aug 31,2015

Since you're still so close to school, I would include it as well. Even though I'm >5 years from undergrad and finishing my MBA, pretty much every job I applied for asked for my undergrad GPA in the application process. It's going to come up regardless, just put it on there so they know from the get go that it isn't under 3.

 
 
Aug 31,2015

Yeah, your UG GPA doesn't matter as much.

 
Aug 31,2015

I left my UG GPA off my resume completely after my first semester of MSF.

 
Aug 31,2015
Cries:

I left my UG GPA off my resume completely after my first semester of MSF.

No one had a problem with that?

 
Aug 31,2015

If you are already pursuing an MBA, just take the U Grad GPA off of your resume - you don't need it, and if it is bad, it will only add a negative note to your application, which otherwise, usually, would not need to be disclosed.

 
Aug 31,2015
BankonBanking:

If you are already pursuing an MBA, just take the U Grad GPA off of your resume - you don't need it, and if it is bad, it will only add a negative note to your application, which otherwise, usually, would not need to be disclosed.

In this case would any GPA be listed. I think it would draw attention to the vacant undergrad spot if I listed masters and mba but no undergrad. I think I will just not list any.

 
Aug 31,2015

I had a hard first year and averaged a (2.9). Since then though I've brought it up to a 3.74 if you leave out first year of UG studies. I plan on just putting my post freshman GPA on my resume (the 3.74) and noting that this GPA is since Fall semester 2010 using a footer at the bottom of the page. It is not lying but unless the recruiter really pays attention to what year I started (in my mind) they will see the GPA and give me a better chance. Anyone else think this is a good idea?

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."

 
Aug 31,2015
streetwannabe:

I had a hard first year and averaged a (2.9). Since then though I've brought it up to a 3.74 if you leave out first year of UG studies. I plan on just putting my post freshman GPA on my resume (the 3.74) and noting that this GPA is since Fall semester 2010 using a footer at the bottom of the page. It is not lying but unless the recruiter really pays attention to what year I started (in my mind) they will see the GPA and give me a better chance. Anyone else think this is a good idea?

The footer will only draw attention to your shitty freshman year. You might even get dinged. Just list it as it is (maybe round up slightly) and crush the interview.

 
 
Aug 31,2015