As a physics major in US, my PhD application is screwed up this year and neither did I found a decent job. So I’m thinking of applying for a two years master program in German, which provides more time in research (so that I have chance to collect better letters) while does not charge for tuition. Specifically I am interested in the program at Technical University of Munich and Ludwig Maximilian U, in area of theoretical/computational condensed matter physics and possibly computational material science. However I’m wondering does a master degree bring any negative effect in my future application for PhD in US? I heard people mentioned that US schools don’t like master students quite much and see it as an incompetence somehow. So in general, is German a good destination? What are some other pros and cons you might already know? Thanks.