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WildeThing last won the day on November 28 2019

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    PhD in English (Literature)

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  1. Programs in the UK, at least when I was applying, accept you directly to the dissertation phase so you don't do any coursework. Given that, it's expected that you have a clearer idea of what you're going to work on and for some programs this involves figuring out who your advisor would be or if there's faculty to support you. So it makes sense that in the UK you contact the potential advisor in advance whereas in the US there's no expectation to do that because you would be spending 2-3 years on other stuff before you actually work with them anyway.
  2. I think if your LoRs, SoP, and WS show that you are competent and knowledgeable in the field that is "English" then you should be fine getting accepted. You might not get the same benefit of the doubt that someone from an English program might get, but you can definitely prove that you're more than capable to do the work in those documents. (If you're unsure about whether you have that level of competence that's another question, and perhaps an MA in English would be the logical next step for you). Also, many departments are fairly interdisciplinary and/or offer/encourage you to do interd
  3. In all but the rarest of exceptions, no; it will be a useless competence (from a professional/academic perspective).
  4. Also I should say that as an international student, it might not be feasible. Your visa is sponsored and has limits on the amount of time you can work. While a second degree is not work, will your sponsoring dept allow you to take on this tremendous additional time commitment? Do the terms of your visa allow you to do this? I’m not sure but I’m doubtful.
  5. If it’s unfunded you can probably expect it to be open.
  6. My understanding is that SoP, WS, and what school you went to are the most important. Whether GREs and the rest matter is debatable but in general you don’t want anything to raise a question with the committee. In other words, having amazing LoRs and scores might not separate you from the pack, but having average ones or worse might disqualify you.
  7. This is interesting; would be great if there was something like this that focused on recent hires (e.g. PhDs earned in the last 5 years) and expanded beyond the top 30.
  8. You don’t have to (and in many cases can’t) apply to both. Pick the one that fits your interests better and you’ll be able to work with people from the other department.
  9. I don’t think it would make a difference or at least it shouldn’t. Investment in a student goes beyond the financial and so having a larger class than intended because some can pay their way in would limit opportunities for everyone involved. I wouldn’t put it past some schools to look into something like this, especially given how cashcow MAs have been used for so long.
  10. OR, hear me out, the admins are from an era where sexism was the style and it’s sexism because this is a widely reported, studied, and verified phenomenon that disproportionately affects women. I’ll buy ageism as an exacerbating factor but it’s definitely sexism.
  11. I dunno what mid to low tier would mean but some schools that seemed strong when I applied were UVA, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, UConn, Brown, Emory, Columbia. But Af-Am is so broad now that most schools will have at least 2-3 for you to work with. Also, a lot of schools also have Africana or other interdisciplinary PhD program you might want to consider.
  12. Though many here have or have applied to MFAs, you should know there is also a writing subforum for people applying to those types of programs where you might find more specific assistance (but please don't interpret this is as me saying you should go elsewhere, I'm sure you'll find a lot of help in this subforum as well since there's so much overlap between these programs and their applicants).
  13. Make sure that you look at the terms/expectations of your deferred acceptance. I remember when I first started applying I was looking at how some schools like at deferral and some of them have language about guaranteeing that you will enroll the following year. I don't know if this is common, how it would be enforced, or even if, given the situation, they would want to enforce it, but I'd just double check what your standing is so you don't face any issues or burn any bridges later.
  14. No, but it's definitely tougher. Both semesters here I've had "long" days with 3-4 classes and they're rough and some days you will be very tired but I don't think it's worse than maybe taking classes you're less interested in.
  15. My first cycle I was rejected by NYU but accepted to the MA with some additional funding to the norm. The second cycle I was rejected outright. Is it possible I was rejected outright this time because they remembered from last time so didn’t bother offering me the MA? Maybe. But is it also possible that for whatever reason they found me to be a relatively less compelling candidate than the previous year? Also maybe. This, aside with the cases of people who rejected offers and wound up coming up empty the next year that surface every once in a while suggests that you just can’t assume that
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