I am applying for a PhD under a professor whose interests strongly match with mine and I don't want to lose an opportunity to work with her. My profile is not so strong for a PhD as compared to a Master's program.
I want to know if letting the Admissions Committee or Professor know that I would accept the Master's program if they find me better suited for that will work. If yes, then which of these two should I inform and through which channel, SOP or e-mail?
I know this might vary in universities and the best way is to directly ask them, but I would like to know if this even happens in some US universities or not.
What I feel is that there are two extremes to this:
- The applicant is not clear with which program is right for him
- The applicant is dedicated to study/work with our professor
I don't know on where in between these two sides will the university place me upon reading my e-mail/application.