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dih2

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  1. thanks!
  2. What sorts of questions are most useful to ask?
  3. Is this common among very elite programs though?
  4. The cohort is only 8?!?! That's absurd!
  5. Is it bad to do a PhD at the same place you did your BA? Specifically, does anyone know if this is a big deal for the theory subfield?
  6. Cohort is 24 people. Is that smaller than normal?
  7. Claiming an acceptance!
  8. do they normally send out all decisions at once?
  9. so no Harvard today I guess?
  10. lol, we may have just killed you productivity
  11. So I guess we are about to find out how good that Harvard intel is!
  12. Lol, that's what I want to know
  13. But what's really so wrong with people dropping out? As you say, the job market is super-saturated, and there just aren't jobs for many. Perhaps it isn't so bad that lots of people do a couple years of a PhD, learn quite a bit, maybe get a MA, and drop out to pursue another career path. I'm going in to a PhD knowing full well that I might not get a job in academia. As a result, I'll be looking quite aggressively at alternative professional opportunities. I don't think though that requiring a MA, for example, would be all that much of an improvement. Many of these programs are unpaid. Does it really make sense to incentivize more folks to pursue them? There the tradeoff becomes much starker. And for every 1 person who successfully finishes an MA and is accepted to a top graduate program, another 1 still doesn't get in, and is left with just more debt. That's of course exaggerated for effect, but I think there's a serious point there. Regarding smaller cohorts, I think I largely agree. One worry is that smaller cohorts would encourage universities to cut funding for these departments and for research (which would be terrible). But certainly non-elite elite programs should consider reducing the number of students they take
  14. Isn't the admissions process itself this screening process? Do these departments accept students who haven't demonstrated that they will likely succeed in the program?
  15. Well, I think it matters where that 1 spot falls. If it falls in theory, for example, we go from 4 spots to 3. That's a rather sizable reduction in your chances...