Hello, I am an international student from a not very well known school at my country majoring in physics. My GPA is 3.72 (not sure if it is competitive for the us). I took the physics gre but I don't know the result yet it should be out soon, worst case scenario is that I will get around 800 (the exam didn't go very well for me).
I am considering applying to a master's program rather than a phd in the US to increase my chances in the future of getting into a more prestigious school for phd. I think that this will give me the time to get and idea of the going research on physics and a chance to do more research and maybe publish. But, I don't know how competitive are masters programs in physics in the US, is it like the phd, easier or harder? and is it funded like phd or will I need to look for a scholarship to fund myself?
my research experience is 2 summers in computational astrophysics and I want to pursue phd in computational physics. What do you recommend?