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.

  • This question seems too closely related to your other question here (academia.stackexchange.com/questions/118352/…) to really be a separate question. A light edit there will get you answers for this as well.
    – Buffy
    Commented Oct 13, 2018 at 14:23
  • I completely agree! However, the problem is that both the questions are equally important to me and I won't be able to fit them in a balanced way in a 150 character title limit. I didn't want to lose people who could answer my question but didn't because they didn't want to answer the primary question mentioned in the title. Commented Oct 13, 2018 at 14:38


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