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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003], Oct 30, 2002.

  1. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member
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    Apr 8, 2002
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    I am apllying in grad school now and then will apply into med school. I found out that most of the grad schools accept people into PhD programs in the area where I am interested (Bio sciences). I just want to get an MS. Erolling into a PhD program and than "changing" my mind does not seem honest. I was just wondering if I can contact PIs in the department and see if they are interested to get an MS student. What would be the best way to ask about it? even though the school does not officially enrol student for MS as terminal degree? I know that PhD students can drop out with just an MS.
  2. CD

    CD Senior Member
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    Jan 10, 2002
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    Chemistry is much the same way! In fact when I applied to the chemistry graduate program I was initially told that only PhD's were offered. I persisted and spoke to three other people in the department who eventually told me that I COULD get a M.S. if that was what I chose but that I would have trouble finding a major prof. to take me on. I would pursue talking to various prof's about the possibility of working under them and see if any of them appear open to the idea. I've found several who are willing to take me on and am now trying to figure out which is the best fit! When you do talk to them you really have to "sell yourself" which for me is difficult. I don't like talking about my good points...but in this case it is essential. Be sure to offer recommendations from other prof's that you've had or worked for before as people they can contact for additional information on your qualifications. Good Luck!!!!

    p.s. you can e-mail me if you wish.

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