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What should I do for graduate school?

  1. Sep 10, 2010 #1
    I am a senior about to finish my undergraduate degree in physics (with a minor in CS). Lately though I have been really debating whether or not I should continue in physics and get a PhD. I like physics, but I'm not sure if I want to spend 6-7 years getting a degree. I'm also not sure which branch of physics I want to pursue.

    Recently I have been strongly considering going to graduate school to get a masters degree in engineering. I am particularly looking at Electrical or Computer Engineering.

    My GRE scores are 800 math, 730 verbal, and 5.0 writing, and my GPA is 3.6, so I should be able to get into a decent school. I haven't taken the physics GRE yet.

    I would appreciate any advice related to physics graduate school vs. engineering graduate school, and anything else I might not have considered. I would also appreciate any suggestions about which engineering disciplines to consider.

    Also if anyone else has transitioned from physics to engineering I would appreciate learning what the procedure is regarding classes you may not have had and if there are any classes I could take next semester If I decide to go engineering in order to make the transition easier?
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  3. Sep 10, 2010 #2


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    Why does it have to be one or the other? Why not consider fields of physics that have a very large engineering component to it? Accelerator physics, device/instrumentation physics, etc. are physics areas that are very heavy on engineering.

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