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Please, I received this email from a professor concerning my admission results:

"Dear John,

Thank you for your e-mail. You are being recommended for admissions into our MS program; we do not directly admit students into our PhD program from the bachelor’s degree. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you an assistantship at this time, but if one becomes available, you will be very competitive for it. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Best regards, Russell Green"


What is the best line of action for me, please?


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It depends on your interests. This message sounds like you are being admitted into the school as a masters student but there is currently no funding for them to offer you. If a funding opportunity comes up you have the chance of being selected for it but not guaranteed. 

If you don't mind paying out of pocket for the masters you could accept the school but if not you can ask them when they would expect other funding opportunities to be available and try to wait until then to accept.

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The good news is that you've been admitted. They also are clarifying why you weren't admitted into the PhD program by saying that you need a master's first to be admitted to the PhD.

In this case, I would contact them and ask when they'll have an update on whether an assistantship is available. I would also start investigating other departments (e.g., student affairs, residential life, other STEM fields) on campus to ask about the process of applying for any open assistantships they may have if you're interested in attending this program. If you aren't actually interested in the program, thank them for the admission then decline the offer.

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