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Hello Everyone! This is my first post on GradCafe. Still not totally familiar with the platform but it seems very resourceful. I am currently working on a MS in Biology at a state school in CA. My thesis is focused on coronary artery disease. I intend to advance to the PhD level upon completion of my program. Not entirely certain what areas as of yet. I am leaning towards biomedical sciences or cell biology programs. I would like advice from those that have made the transition from the masters world to the PhD world. I suppose any person from any discipline can weigh in on this question. Do top-tier programs tend to not select students that already have a grad degree? Is it possible to finish sooner? Was there a significant lifestyle change? Anything else that you would like to add would be greatly appreciated!