Decided to start this thread because it seems some folks have this decision to make for the coming school year. If this were my choice to make, there's no doubt I'd go for the "name" and get the PhD later. What I don't understand is why there aren't more people willing to just admit they're going for the name(with the great education to boot). I don't think it necessarily think it means a person is not "committed" to the combined program, only that people's priorities change and they have the RIGHT to change their minds. As a matter of fact, my fiance' and I are looking to purchase a home in Virginia soon, but if I get into Harvard, Stanford or any other big name school on my list, trust me we're going to pack up, and haul our tails outta here!!