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Stanford unfunded Master vs WPI funded PhD


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Guys I really need some help here... I am pulling my hair out over a decision between an unfunded Stanford Master ME offer and a funded WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Robotics PhD offer. Which one should I choose?

PhD and master are equal to me, since I love how PhD give me enough time to do research that I love, while Master starts me early into a career. I love the rich resources in Stanford, while WPI is a fairly small school. The lab that I will go to is also relatively newly established. But Stanford is not offering any funding for me, and I know how schools treat Master students like cash cows. But Stanford is just such a great place to be at. 

Any advice or suggestions are really appreciated. Thank you!

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If the opportunities are genuinely identical, then think about the opportunity cost of WPI vs Stanford.  Being out of pocket $40-60k is one thing-- missing 5 years' salary in what may be a lucrative field (I don't know at all about that) may be worse in the long run.

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