I have a master’s degree in International Studies, and a double major with Computer Science from undergrad. My transcripts suck. There’s no other way to dress it up. I have pretty good teaching experience, and my GRE scores are awesome, and I suspect my recommendations are as bland as everyone else’s. Basically, to an admissions committee, I suspect I’m the model of a student who is probably smart enough but didn’t work hard enough.

I want to do a Ph.D. in Political Science, but the response from my applications is looking pretty grim. Am I permanently out of the running, or is there something I can do for the next few years which will help to counterbalance my unfavorable GPA?

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