If you did not make high grades in your undergraduate studies, you may be nervous about applying to a traditional or online MBA program. MBA admissions requirements vary, but in general, students with at least 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate studies are encouraged to apply to graduate business programs. These are not hard-and-fast rules, as MBA admissions counselors sometimes take other factors into account.

Different tactics to get admitted

Colleges will often meet with a student to discuss his or her undergraduate grades and conduct an interview to see if the student is prepared for graduate school. Students who have had extenuating circumstances, such as medical, financial and familial issues, should discuss this with the admissions team when applying for an online MBA program. Some MBA admissions offices also look for students who have exemplary personal characteristics or strong work experience, not just high GPAs.

Students with a lower GPA may need to take a GRE or GMAT test in order to be admitted into an online MBA program. Preparing for those tests can help students do well and it may increase their odds of getting into their preferred program. Students are allowed to take the test multiple times and are encouraged to try again if they do not do well the first time.

Another way to increase your odds of getting admitted is to have recommendation letters from faculty that support your choice to go to graduate school. Having a good relationship with your undergraduate professors will help students get a solid recommendation that might counteract a low GPA. Consider discussing graduate school with your professors and seek their recommendations. You should also consider asking your supervisors or other higher-ranking professionals at your company for recommendations. Showing the admissions officers that you are recommended by your professional cohorts can bolster your application for an online MBA program.

Having a good MBA admissions package can help students with lower GPAs get admitted to a MBA program. Many things, like high test scores and solid recommendation letters, can help offset a low GPA. Carefully look at schools that consider more than just the numbers, and go in prepared to make your case. For some schools, it is not always all about the grades.

Learn more about the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi online MBA program.