grae313 wrote:What opportunities for research do you have at each school? This will likely be the largest factor in the quality of the PhD program you end up in. Remember that if it takes you five years but you have a masters degree, you'll spend less time in your PhD so I don't think that should be a huge factor in your decision.
astroboy wrote:Research opportunities for undergrad is roughly the same. But, if I transfer I will also benefit from the invaluable experience of doing a Masters by research.
Why would I spend less time doing a PhD with a Masters? I didn't think that either coursework or research would transfer into a PhD program. Although, of course I would be much better prepared to undertake a PhD having completed a Masters.
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