If your country has only 3-year bachelor's degrees, is having a Master's degree with a research component an advantage or a disadvantage?
I heard that some departments do not want to accept 3-year bachelor's degrees unless the applicant is outstanding. Of course having one less year to gain research experience is a disadvantage.
On the other hand, I also heard that admissions committees may have much higher standards for applicants with a Master's degree.
Which effect is the most important?