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Programs Want MS, apply for PhD program?

  1. Apr 4, 2012 #1
    Suppose that I would like a master's in physics, but not a PhD, and consider a university that offers a funded master's program.
    I understand that universities prefer to take PhD students rather that MS students (since one may squeeze more cheap research labor out of a 3+ year grad student than out of a 1 or 2 year grad student).
    So...should I apply for a PhD track, to increase my chances of addmission?
    I have no ethical concerns.
     
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  3. Apr 4, 2012 #2

    Pyrrhus

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    It's not only squeeze labor. It also looks better on Professors' CVs, and is a requirement for them to move up the ladder from Assistant to Full Professor.
     
  4. Apr 4, 2012 #3

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    Evidently not. It's not, however, something I would be proud of.

    By doing this you will be depriving someone else of their chance to get a PhD, because you will be in their "slot". I don't think that's something PF should be encouraging.

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