I am looking at applying to the University of Iowa history program for my Master's degree. My plan is to complete my Master's at UoI, and to then apply to one of the top-ranked universities for my doctorate in history. Degree Requirements | Department of History | College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | The University of Iowa
Given that fact, should I be applying for "Master of Arts without admission to the Ph.D. program" or "Master of Arts leading to admission to the Ph.D. program. (M.A./Ph.D.)"?
There are financial benefits to being in the PhD-track Master's program. However, do they intend for their Phd-track Master's students to go on to get their PhD from University of Iowa, or do they expect that their PhD-track Master's students might very well apply to a doctoral program at another institution after finishing the Master's from University of Iowa?
How does that work? Will I hurt my chances at getting accepted into the PhD-track Master's program if I reveal my intentions at stepping up to a higher-ranked school for my doctorate? Will I even be eligible to apply for the PhD-track Master's program at University of Iowa if I am not intending on getting my PhD from University of Iowa?