Hi, I'm an undergraduate student from India pursuing my final year of Electronics and Communication Engg. I'm interested in applying to top 15-20 universities in US. I'm looking for research-oriented education but I don't think I stand a chance to join the PhD programs since I have no research experience-not published and a GPA of 8/10, but I have done a few projects during my undergrad. Could you inform me more about what I'll be missing if I went for an MS instead of PhD? The target universities are Northwestern, UM BC, University of Massachusetts, Penn State.