I am applying for a Master's program in Computer Science at a university in US.
My research interests exactly match with the professor's.
- I am applying to the university because of the professor.
- The professor is only taking PhD/PostDoc students in his group.
He has just joined after completing his PostDoc and there is no information on the website if he will take any courses.
Chances of directly doing a PhD with him are very less based on my profile.
I understand that whether or not I should write his name or mention some of his work depends on if he will be able to advise me during the program which is exactly what I do not know.
Can having discussions with him during his office hours be a good enough primary reason to study there?
What could be the possible reasons that a professor is not taking any Master's student? Is there a good chance that if I get an admit, my regular interaction with him, interest, and work will make him take me in his group with PhDs?