contacting POIs--only for PhDs?

<p>When people talk about contacting POIs about their research, does this only apply for PhD and MS/PhD applicants? Is there any point in contacting professors if you're just going for a terminal master's or a non-research based degree?</p>

<p>The masters is a professional degree. It is highly unlikely you'll get any research positions above actual doctoral students, so contacting them about their research in anything beyond a curiosity is pointless. Of course there's nothing stopping you from engaging them about their work if it interests you.</p>