International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Do Grades Matter? Admission into a Graduate Program
Dr. Carlo Ricci, Dr. Kris Kirkwood

Abstract
In this study we wanted to see if there is a relationship between student undergraduate entrance marks and their exit Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) final marks. We undertook this action research project to help improve our program and to better meet the needs of our students by examining if the policy of expecting students who enter our graduate program to have at least a B average is justified. A total of 896 students were included in this research project. The variables provided by the registrar’s office included their current status in the M.Ed. program, the starting date, the date of the last credit earned, months to completion, total credits accumulated, the secondary school marks (entrance marks) and finally the M.Ed. GPA. The overall conclusion that can be made is that there is no relationship between entrance marks from undergraduate and the M.Ed. marks.

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