Want MS, apply for PhD program?

  • Programs
  • Thread starter Thert Gurt
  • Start date
  • #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.
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
Pyrrhus
Homework Helper
2,178
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.
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.
 
  • #3
Vanadium 50
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Education Advisor
2019 Award
25,710
8,903
I have no ethical concerns.
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.

Thread locked.
 

Related Threads on Want MS, apply for PhD program?

  • Last Post
Replies
8
Views
5K
Replies
18
Views
5K
Replies
10
Views
4K
Replies
2
Views
707
Replies
2
Views
2K
Replies
1
Views
1K
Top