kmwest wrote:Hello. I've lurked on here for a bit and would like some advice regarding my situation. I graduated with my BS in physics in 2006, then immediately joined the military (throughout undergrad, I was in an officer program similar to ROTC). I will likely be getting out of the military either in January or August 2010, depending on whether or not I deploy again in the first half of 2010.
I'm looking specifically at the MS astronomy or astrophysics programs at U Minnesota - TC because my fiance' lives there and is loath to quit her job (I am stationed in San Diego, CA). I've taken the general GRE and am studying up to take the PGRE this coming fall. Given my situation, how early should I begin applying, visiting, etc? My fear is that I will take the PGRE in the fall and be in Iraq before my scores come, essentially leaving me to go into grad school without visiting or getting a good feel for a program (assuming I even get accepted). Any help is appreciated.
kmwest wrote:Thanks. I'm also a little concerned about have a few years between undergrad and grad school. Is this common in physics or astronomy grad students?
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