amchiclet Posted January 28, 2010 Share Posted January 28, 2010 I graduated from the master's program at the CS department at UCLA. Now I feel I am ready and motivated for a PhD. My research are is programming languages. My wife might be getting a medical residency position in Minnesota. If that happens, I am forced to move there and stay there for at least 3 years. Question 1 What are your opinions on 1) going ahead and do a PhD at U of Minnesota, when I know I might have a shot at top universities 2) going into the industry, wait for my wife to finish residency, THEN apply to top universities I haven't decided if I want to start-up, do research, or go to academia afterwards, but my research advisor said that if I graduate from a highly respected university, my chances for a tenure-track at a good university would increase. Question 2 It's also possible that I will get rejected by all the top universities, but I think I have a good chance going back to UCLA. Between graduating from UCLA and U of Minnesota, do you think it's a big difference? US News ranks UCLA (13) higher than U of Minnesota (31). I appreciate any comments. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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