Firstly, this is not a "should I do a masters degree and improve my ... thread". No offense to those who ask that question though. First time poster here, though long time lurker. My situation is regarding the policy of a certain school that I up to this time was not aware of. It states that if a student was to be accepted to the said school, they will not accept them unless he or she completes the master's program with which they are involved. Said reason being given, is that they don't want to steal the student away from other programs. However I feel that its detrimental to both students and the school itself. I am a graduate with my BS in Biology. GPA is 3.8 and my old DAT is a 20 with a 19 PAT. Plenty strong enough I feel to apply to many schools. The problem however is that since I am applying for entry into schools in fall of 2012, I was looking at what I was going to do for the next year. Given a choice between working some job as a waiter or lifeguard(I don't have the money to go around and have fun or do anything else but work...) and joining a masters program for a year, being a TA and generally improving myself as much I can, I choose the masters program. I never intended at all to complete the entire thing. I am not doing this because I need to improve my academics, I am doing this because this is what I want to do. So I now pretty much have the best TA position with my school and a great line up of courses that I know would be awesome but I am being told that if I want a chance to get into the only instate school that's an option for me I have to give it up. I also feel that in light of becoming a dentist, the masters degree would pretty much be overshadowed and comparatively a waste of time, at least for me and those like me. Thoughts? A bit more information: I became a masters student because of the requirements for the TA position, this position is also the very thing allowing me to continue my education due to the benefits it provides.