topsecret wrote:If you are set on applying this year then make sure you apply to schools that have an attitude similar to the professors you spoke to. It is true that Master's programs are less competitive but they also don't usually provide funding.
Application to Ph.D. programs at top 30 schools are extremely competitive. Masters might be less so, but my guess is still difficult. I would just be sure to apply to a lot of low ranking schools. If you are aiming for a job in industry, the ranking of the school you go to doesn't matter as much as if you are aiming to become a researcher in academia (although it still helps to go to a school with a good reputation).
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