I applied for both masters and Ph.D. programs in the USA. I got rejected from all the masters programs because they were from a higher tier. The only Ph.D. program I got into is a low-tier university where I do not think I would be able to get rigorous coursework. So, I am thinking of applying next year again to only masters programs.
The professor that I am going to work under if I go the Ph.D. way is someone that I have worked with in the past and he is aware of my current predicament. He doesn't mind me quitting the Ph.D. program after one year if I can get a better masters admission. He just wants me to focus for a year and publish a couple of papers. The main intention behind this is that I would gain some research experience in a field that I am interested in and also complete coursework.
My thinking: I feel that publishing a paper or two would help me secure a better masters program if I apply next year. Moreover some of the credits that I do can be transferred saving me time.
My question: Is my thinking correct? Will the one year of Ph.D. work affect my masters application in away? Will the effect be positive or negative?