Affordable Online MBA With Low GPA

  • Last Post 11 December 2014
Malichi8 posted this 11 August 2014 - Last edited 14 March 2016

I was looking for advice on what direction I should take going forward in my MBA search. I have applied to a school in 2011; however I was unable to qualify due to my low undergraduate GPA of a 2.3. Unfortunately, I did not apply myself in my undergrad studies but I have come to the point in my life where I see the value of a graduate degree. I need to stay under 25k and wanted to get you expert opinion of my realistic options. Thank You, Mark

Kayleigh posted this 20 August 2014 - Last edited 26 October 2015

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your question.

You may qualify for provisional admission contingent upon a certain GPA requirement for your first semester(s). This will be something you'll need to try and work out with each school you are considering.

We recommend starting with the schools featured on the GetEducated MBA rankings.

These are the most affordable regional MBA programs and the most affordable AACSB MBA programs.

Have you taken the GRE or GMAT?

If you'd like to attend a program which does require the entrance examination these list will also be of use:
Regional Online MBA programs with no GRE or GMAT
AACSB Online MBA programs with no GRE or GMAT

Best of luck!


Malichi8 posted this 20 August 2014 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Thank you for your response.

I did take the GMA about 4-5 years ago and scored a 530 on the test. If I remember correctly this is about average, maybe slightly under but I could be wrong.

Would this be something I speak with the directer of admission of the program about?

Thank You,


Kayleigh posted this 28 August 2014 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Hi Mark,

GMAT and GRE scores are valid 5 years from the date of your exam. If your scores are not still valid consult the last two links in my post above.

These programs do not require these exams.

You will most likely still need to speak to an admissions counselor about your undergrad grades and ask for provisional admission.

Best, Kayleigh

shailluis posted this 11 December 2014 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Perhaps there were extenuating circumstances that contributed to your GPA being lower than you would like, such as medical, financial, or family issues.It is perfectly acceptable to explain this to the admissions committee. I recommend addressing it in your required essay or in an optional essay, or including a letter in your application.