HYHY02 Posted September 1, 2013 Share Posted September 1, 2013 (edited) I'm about to begin my masters this fall, but this question has been bothering me so I thought I'd go ahead and ask... anyways, I'm doing my Masters in an average Canadian school, the same school where I did my undergraduate. If I do go down the PhD route (which is what I'm intending), I also want to apply to some top schools in the States. Anyways, I wanted to ask just how important/what factor does where you went to school for your undergraduate/masters play when applying to some of the top schools in America? In Canada, I know people that have gone from little schools to the top tier ones and vice versa as they moved from one degree to the next. However, I don't know what factor it would play in my application in the States. Not only am I in an average school, it's an average international school, which I would assume puts me at a disadvantage when competing with other international students from top schools from their respective country, with all of us competing for the PhD position. It's bothering me that I feel doomed in regards to applying to PhD schools in the States before I've even begun my masters (even though I probably wouldn't get into any of the top schools I was potentially looking at, I thought I'd ask anyways about how big of a factor your previous school's reputation is...). Edited September 1, 2013 by HYHY02 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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