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Re: Reject PhD offers and re-apply in this December?
Originally Posted by iamlyx
The schools you were accepted to are not bad schools. There are "better" schools, yes, but how much impact will a year's worth of RA work have on your applications? I can't answer that question for you, but how much "new" is added to your resume?
BTW OP is a applying with a master degree from China.
Is the Master's degree relevant to the field? If yes, then I think the RAship will have a much lower marginal impact.
Overall, I would take one of the two offers. (Personally, I like Vancouver better than Rochester, and UBC is higher ranked, but research fit should be the primary factor). UBC has good PhD Placements, so the opportunity cost is a minimum of, say, $120k since you'll be forgoing at least a year of assistant prof salary (assuming you don't go into industry). If you have a guaranteed offer from UBC, I think the probability of having something BETTER next year is not worth forgoing this.