My Plan I plan on applying to the Univeristy of Washington's and Washington State Masters program (terminal) Although the program is not designed such that one could move on to a PhD in the process. I was thinking of getting a Masters in Physics (condensed matter) with a final Thesis, and If I do well and enjoy it as much as I think I will. Then I will apply again to a PhD program to other schools, hopefully with good recommendations and good grades apply to some top twenty schools. The Question: Is this reasonable? do schools accept people with this background? Any Advice would be much appreciated Thanks.