statistics Posted March 16, 2021 Share Posted March 16, 2021 (edited) Hello All. I was fortunate to be admitted to both Stanford University MS in Statistics and UC Berkeley MA in Statistics. I am having a difficulty deciding which program to attend. I intend to pursue a phd in statistics or computer science to do machine learning research. I did not apply to doctorate programs this year because I did not believe I was competitive enough. As a result I would like to attend a program that will not only provide me with rigorous coursework but also research opportunities to prepare me for phd. Here is my reasoning so far; I would be very grateful for any advice. Thanks ! Berkeley MA: Pros: I am able to pursue a formal thesis if I am able to find an advisor and committee on my own I am able to substitute the MA coursework for much of the phd sequence Cons: Coursework otherwise is very limited and I would not be able to explore my interests through coursework almost at all Short program - 3 semesters at most I am unsure how doable taking phd sequence whilst working on a thesis is Potentially problematic "MA" title when applying to phd Stanford MS: Pros: Coursework is very rigorous and I would be able to not only take phd sequence but also many depth and breadth courses to explore my interests; many more courses than Berkeley Moderate length program - 6 quarters at most Cons: Independent research course/opportunities are available but do not guarantee a paper - unlike Berkeley thesis option Both seem like great options and I am beyond grateful for having these opportunities. I understand that both rigorous coursework and research potential are important in phd applications. Although at both unis I would be able to take the phd sequence, I seems to be in a dilemma: at UCB I have a potential formal thesis but no supplementary coursework - and at Stanford I have fantastic coursework options but uncertain research opportunity with amorphous form it could take, i.e. not a formal opportunity. I would love any advice ! Thanks Edit: prestige is not a factor for me unless placements would be very different from one over the other because of it Edited March 16, 2021 by statistics clarification Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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