I am considering applying to a computer science department at an esteemed US university, university A, as a non-degree seeking student. The reason is three-fold:
- Determine if what I'm studying is truly what I want to do.
- Do well in the classes to improve my chances of being accepted to their MS program in the near future.
- Make connections with profs who might be a good academic/research advisor.
My goal is to eventually apply to a PhD program at university B.
Will the non-degree option help my chances at being accepted to university A's MS program?
Will the non-degree option hurt my chances at being accepted to university B's PhD program? Will they need to know about the non-degree if I'm eventually accepted to the degree option?