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I am about to reach a stage in my masters where I'll have to make a choice of doing either a regular thesis or a practicum. A practicum is simply an alternative to thesis in which a student has to submit a practical project employing the concepts developed throughout the graduate program and concludes with a paper and presentation of the crafted project.Since I am planning to apply for a PhD soon after graduation will it affect my application if I opt for the practicum instead of the thesis considering the fact that I already have published a technical paper ?

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Thesis. Thesis, thesis, thesis.

(But I do agree with Suresh. The fact that you've published is more important.)

  • But then a thesis and a paper would only make my application stronger as compared to thesis and practicum ? right ? – Rajeshwar Jul 8 '12 at 22:24
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    Paper > thesis > practicum. Therefore, thesis + paper > practicum + paper > practicum + thesis. – JeffE Jul 8 '12 at 22:29
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Personally, I think the fact that you've published a technical paper would carry more weight for a CS Ph.D admissions committee than whether you did a thesis or practicum, since that's the demonstration of your ability to do research.

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