larry burns wrote:1. Do you have to be really exceptional to enter the MS in Canada but then do your phD in the US?
2. Also, if I get my MS in Canada but then apply to phD programs in the US, do I have to take classes and the comprehensive exam at the phD program in the US? Or will I just go straight into the phD research?
3. If I get my MS in canada but then apply for phD in US, will I be considered a domestic or foreign applicant? If I'll be considered foreign, then having to get nearly a perfect score for the math GRE to apply to US phD programs won't be fun..
4. How much easier is it to get into canada MS programs compared to US phD programs?
Here's my opinions:
1. I don't think so. I think that for a lot of people a master's degree strengthens their profile, especially if the school you come from is not well known (like mine).
2. You'll probably have to do comprehensive exams, but you don't need to redo the basic courses.
3. I'd think that you'd be considered a domestic student. I have a US citizenship, so I'm hoping that makes me count as a domestic student. I hadn't thought of this.
4. Its comparable in difficulty from my understanding.
Also if you're looking to transfer from a masters to phd program, it depends which school you go to. Some schools like to fast track their masters students into the phd program after one year if they're doing well, but others like their students to finish their master's first.