I'm Canadian and looking into quite a few different graduate programs in Physics. I am still quite open to different opportunities, and have found some interesting Master's programs (both MSc and MASc) here that are funded. But outside of Canada, I was looking into applying for graduate programs in the States as well. Most the programs I've found are for PhD positions and these are typically fully funded (with RA/TA duties in addition), but I've yet to come across Master's positions that are funded in the USA. For the most part, the Master's programs come with little to no funding from the respective institutions. My main hesitation to pursue a PhD program immediately is because I'm still unsure of the particular field I'd like to work in in the future, and I think exposing myself to different fields and then re-evaluating things in 2 years would be a good idea. I've heard of people stopping their PhD and leaving with a MSc, although this path seems a little less than ideal since I wouldn't want to leave my program on poor terms or go back on my initial agreement (i.e. to complete PhD-level work). I've also looked at other graduate programs (namely Master's in Europe) and these seem to require funding from independent sources, too. Ultimately, I'm just wondering what options students have in the States. If one pursues PhD programs, is leaving with an MSc looked down upon? Would starting a PhD in another field either at the same school or another one be looked down upon?