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    avicenna4 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Will a Master's degree help make me a better applicant?

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    I was wondering if SGU is purely mark based or if they look at other things such as volunteering and research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avicenna4 View Post
    I was wondering if SGU is purely mark based or if they look at other things such as volunteering and research.
    In any application, it depends where your weaknesses are in terms of the big picture. If you have weak marks in your science coursework but everything else looks good, a Master's in one of the sciences could do a lot to convince any admissions committee that you're capable of the work.

    The question that you have to ask yourself is whether or not it's worth $40k+ and two more years of your life to throw yourself into a graduate degree program (and to do well) when the sole purpose of taking the grad school route would not be to pursue your interests in that field, but to get into medical school.

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    You might look at medical masters degrees (sometimes called biomedical science masters), offered by several universities around the U.S. Some of them say the coursework is equivalent to first year in med school. If you work hard and do well, it will not only bolster your record but also prepare you for the first year. I really wish I had done a medical masters during the lag year, and would have been much better off during MS-1.

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    im trying to decide whether or not to do a masters too. i heard caribbean schools would rather enroll you now...if there are any issues with premed classes, there are prep programs they can get you into to fix the weaknesses.
    Party on, dude.

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    you could try applying to sgu now as well as to masters programs. sgu does look at more than just numbers and if they feel you are weak but still a potential candidate, they may offer you admission into one of their masters programs which can eventually lead to admittance into the school if you do well enough. Or you could look into specific masters programs in the US that grant medical school interviews (at that particular school) after the completion of the program.
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