# Masters degree before PhD in Physics

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Hello folks, I know that Masters degree is not a requirement for a PhD degree. Despite that, I am finishing my Bachelors of science in physics at June 2017 and I want to go to a PhD program. I am afraid that I cannot do it right away because I dont have much time to study for GREs (difficult semester and I am doing REU this summer). I am studying physics at a small college which offers a masters program that I am not interested in, but I can get masters if I am going to stay in college for another year to study for GREs(until summer 2018).

My questions are: should I get a masters degree in photonics that my college offers or just better try to find internships or research job that I am interested in during the year from summer 2017 to summer 2018 while staying in college and taking a few classes? Will the masters degree increase my chances in getting into PhD program?

My interests are theoretical/computational physics.