Q：I will be having a master’s degree in China soon, so I would like to apply for a PhD degree in the U.S. On the other hand, I heard that a master’s degree in China is not recognized by U.S. universities? Therefore, would it also be ok for me to apply for a master’s degree in U.S. instead? I am major in education, but can I apply for a different major? Personally I think it is better to go on and apply for a PhD degree if I were to further my study in education, but I am not sure yet if education is what I will do after graduation, so I am kinda confused right now. (我马上在国内会有一个硕士学位，所以想要申请博士，但是又考虑，是不是国内硕士不受美国大学认可？那么，再申请一个美国的硕士学位是否可行？我是教育学专业，再申请硕士是否可以转专业？自己觉得教育学的话再读个博士比较好，但是又有考虑转行，所以比较纠结。)
A：Yes, your master’s degree will be recognized by U.S. universities. U.S. universities receive applications from students from all over world and they are used to reading foreign transcripts and can access whether a student’s academic record meets their requirements. When applying to a U.S. university, you should make sure to visit the school’s websites to find out what admission requirements they have for their applicants. Often they will have additional requirements for students who are applying from a foreign country, such as submitting TOEFL scores. If you will be applying to a PhD program in education, then your master’s degree in education should be recognized.
I encourage you to contact the schools you would like to apply to, and more importantly contact any faculty member you would like to work with to see if you would be a good fit for their research group. If you are thinking about applying to an area outside the education, and you don’t have a lot of their prerequisite classes or advanced level classes for you to have an understanding of the new field of study you would like to pursue, then I think applying to a master’s degree within the new field of study would be better for you. This will give you the opportunity to explore a new area of study, take classes within the new area, and instead pursuing a doctoral degree in a new area is what you really want to do. A master’s degree will help you to decide just that.