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Which MS and PhD

  1. Apr 11, 2013 #1
    I didn't get into graduate school this semester so I'm going to have to reapply for spring. This made me question my original plan. I wanted to get a MS in computational science then maybe go back for a physics PhD. I thought the skills for computational science would be very helpful in physics, plus if something happened it seemed like I could get a job in computational science more easily than with a physics degree.

    Now I'm wondering if in the long run, say if I finish a PhD, if it matters which is the PhD and which is a Masters. Does anyone think it might? Would it affect job prospects and what I could research? Thanks for your help.
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  3. Apr 12, 2013 #2


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    If you apply to a PhD program in physics without masters courses in physics, you'll have to take those masters courses and pass a qualifying exam before starting the PhD. You can't use masters courses in a different field to jump into a PhD.

    If you earn a PhD and apply for a research job, then yes, it's going to matter very much what you earned a PhD in.
  4. Apr 12, 2013 #3


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    This sounds like a long-winded path. Why don't you just short-circuit the whole thing and do a PhD in computational physics? That way, you get to do physics, AND, honed your skills in computation, all without having to resort to getting a Masters degree in another field of study!

  5. Apr 12, 2013 #4
    I haven't found any PhD programs for computational physics. Only some Masters programs. Do you know of any PhD's?
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