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  • Application Season
    2018 Fall

    The short answer is that where you do your PhD has enormous implications on what kinds of jobs you're likely to get when you finish. Given the dismal job market, you want to make your chances as good as you possibly can. So if you're accepted to an average PhD program out of undergrad, you might opt to get your master's degree, fine tune your writing sample, and generally improve your resumé. That way, you have a better chances of getting into a top-tier PhD program, and consequently, land a better job after you're done. Even though some are hesitant think about it this way, a PhD is really just a means to an end, and it's best to remind oneself of this. Sometimes the short-term payoff gets overvalued in this process.
  2. Are MA programs' placement rates really that different?

    Just looking at the Placement Record page, it doesn't look like it has been kept up very well. I mean, they list the only person in 2017 as an Assistant Professor. There's no way that a person would be hired straight out of an MA program. So whoever is supposedly updating that page is not doing their job. For students who actually apply to PhD programs out of FSU, I'd suspect their placement is rather rate is rather high.
  3. 2018 Acceptance/Rejection Thread

    Was this solicited?
  4. Asking some advices for choosing MA programs.

    What advice would you give to someone who has been accepted to someone who has been accepted to a couple of 40-60 PGR programs and a funded MA offer from a school like NIU or FSU? Would it be better to go straight into a PhD program, or should I do an MA and aim for top tier schools once I have a Master's under my belt?
  5. Declining Offers 2018

    Since it hasn’t been posted yet this year, post here if you have been accepted or waitlisted at a school but will decline the offer.
  6. Acceptance Thread

    I talked to a student in the program and he told me that their search for the new department chair has pushed everything back. They haven't even been able to look at apps yet, but they're going to start this week. Hopefully they'll send out decisions sometime between Monday-Wednesday next week.