Kinda Mediocre Everything - Should I look for Masters first?

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Kinda Mediocre Everything - Should I look for Masters first?

Postby Sats » Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:48 pm

Hey guys, I've been researching schools, and it's dawning on me in more ways then one that my profile is really weak. I'm really interested in HEPT, Nuclear, and Gravitation, but those seem to be pretty competitive fields. So essentially I've been thinking: Maybe I should apply for a two year Masters, then try for stronger schools after that? Does anyone have any experience with this?

A general profile is:
PGRE: approx. 50%, but it's not in yet
GRE: 80% W, 81% V, 89% Q
GPA: 3.3 Physics, 3.5 Math, 4.0 French
~1 year of research with my particle physics professor

Aside from that not much else to say.

To give an idea of where I've been looking for Nuclear Physics (I've peeked at HEPT but I don't think that's going anywhere):

U Connecticut
U Massachesutts Amherst
Case Western Reserve
George Washington University
Temple University

And where I've been looking just in general:

U British Columbia
U Montréal
U Pennsylvania
U Arizona
UC Irvine
UC Riverside
U Ohio
U Oregon

In your guys' opinions, do you think I should reconsider my options and look more closely at Master's programs? If so any suggestions? Are there any schools on my list that are just 100% too reach and I should remove?

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Re: Kinda Mediocre Everything - Should I look for Masters first?

Postby PathIntegrals92 » Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:55 am

I posted something similar to you. Here are the responses I got:

The consensus is to include both types of program (PhD and Masters).

Talk to your advisor(s) too?

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