I applied to graduate schools (for PhD programs) hoping to enter a place where I could be scientifically creative and collaborate with like-minded individuals. I chose my current school because they offered me the best package, it had a good location, I was promised an RA position and I thought it would offer more exciting research than other programs I applied to. I enrolled and hastily joined a research group a similar scientific philosophy as mine, thinking it was perfect. HOWEVER, as I spent time in the group, I realized that my advisor has absolutely no research experience! In addition he is very unprofessional when it comes to advising my research. The postdoc has to do everything technical and does not have much of a presence in the group. Other students in the group seem to not mind, however. Second-year PhD students in the group have little work to show for themselves. I wish I knew about this before joining but I made a mistake and now have to pay. I would switch groups, but no other groups are doing anything in-line with my interests. The solution is therefore, to switch schools. However I have never heard of this happening at the graduate level. Things are complicated because I am in a direct "PhD program" and am being funded. I have considered getting a masters and leaving, but am unsure how and when to put this to my advisor. I was wondering if anyone has heard of/had this type of experience and was successful. I made a mistake in my grad school choice and was to try and fix it.