Science Professor has a new post on the role of taking a Master's degree prior to entering and/or completing a Ph.D. There are a couple of reader questions so go over there and comment.
Here are my questions for you:
Do you write M.S. students into your grant proposals or do you only advise M.S. students supported by teaching assistantships?
Do you value M.S. students or consider the M.S. an option for “failed” Ph.D. students? (Or something in between those views)
Me, being a lazy blogger, I thought I'd poll my readers for the experience of their own doctoral training program. Feel free to answer if you are in a PhD program at present with your plans with respect to taking a Master's degree in passing.