InquilineKea wrote:It really really really depends. Everything else equal, we don't have enough information.
With that said, it's a balance. How close do you want to be with your advisor vs. how many other people do you want to talk to? The more people in a group, the more likely there will be at least one person in the group who you can REALLY "click" with.
WhoaNonstop wrote:Truthfully you should only apply to schools that have at least 3 groups that you are interested in (and spanning at least two specializations). That way when you arrive you have a few options because anything can happen.
WhoaNonstop wrote:However, the difference between a school having 4 groups or 17 groups you're interested in is very minimal. As long as you are aware of a few groups that are doing stuff you're intrigued by, you should be safe. So it's not a matter of how many groups and how big they are, it's a matter of having enough options because you don't want to be stuck at a place where you "thought" a group was going to be awesome and it turns out not to be.
With that being said, let other factors decide which school you will attend besides number of groups (or size of them), just make sure there are enough!
bfollinprm wrote:If the school is PhD-first, I would be thinking a masters student would have trouble finding funding. If you're ok with working for free, 2 is enough, otherwise go to the larger school.
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