petrokov wrote:I heard from Simon Fraser this morning that I've been accepted into a two year master program with funding. I'm not happy with my mGRE score, and I feel like I don't have that many graduate level classes, so I think this would be a chance for me to improve my application and get into a better PhD program. Other than the time investment, is there any reason for me not to take this offer and instead go straight into a PhD program at a school that I don't feel that strongly toward?
I am a masters student. I opted for this option because I didn't get in anywhere my first try. But I'm glad it happened. I would've accepted a program I didn't feel strongly about. My masters helped me discover my field of interest and also mature mathematically that much more.
What you are risking is time. I'm not sure how well credits transfer over to other universities. However you may be able to get around this if they have prelim exams to test you out.
Overall I think it's a great decision if you're willing to put in the time. At worst you'll have a masters degree in math and be very hireable in the job market. At best you'll be even more ready to do PhD research and possibly get into a better school.