I have published two research works in Q1 and Q2 journals, working as a research assistant (co-author). I am wondering whether the published work increases my chances of acceptance for a master's program, if all other factors are good but not exceptional. The two works improved the state-of-the-art in a particular subfield and my involvement in both works was very much in every aspect of the research, from idea development, modeling to writing.
Note: my field is electrical engineering
Edit: To add more substance, would having such publications and research experience make me an equivalent candidate to, say, someone applying with ~4.0 GPA but no research experience? Which usually aims high when applying (for reference, my GPA is 3.7)
Yes! It shows you have experience with (and are good at) writing and research. It would be even better if you could get a letter of recommendation from someone you worked with on these research works.