Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


OHSP last won the day on September 4

OHSP had the most liked content!

About OHSP

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    New York
  • Program
    History PhD

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. OHSP

    Funded MAs

    The real thing to keep in mind is that across the country funding is being rapidly cut. NYU's history department, for instance, is culling its intake numbers next year because of huge funding cuts. Other departments have told grad students to radically rethink their time to completion. So while it's possible to find funded MAs, the experience for people applying this year is going to be very different to the experience of people who've applied in the past 5
  2. OHSP

    Funded MAs

    Funding is really tight across this country and few MA programs provide stipends or cover tuition for students. You certainly should not pay for an MA but that doesn't mean that it's easy to find a funded spot--they're uncommon in the US. Talk to professors about grad school and they might be able to give you a sense of whether you'll be competitive if you apply to phd programs, which, unlike MA programs, are regularly funded. In terms of things to care about: no one cares about your GRE; in my experience no one cares about internships etc, and I think it's ridiculous when undergrads have been given the impression that internships blah blah blah are equivalent to research experience/journal articles/a really solid writing sample. What does matter: a really solid writing sample--that's the basis on which you're competing against other applicants--and a tailored, polished, extremely well-written statement of purpose. To get into some schools, it matters where you did your undergrad degree--you can't control that so don't waste time worrying about it. Think carefully about where you'd be happy to work and what kinds of people you'd like to work with, I'm constantly grateful that I have an advisor who is allowing me to do the kind of work I want to do but who also pushes me politically, ethically, etc etc. Work out what you care about and think about where you might find it. Get in touch with potential advisors. And work on a writing sample that is based on close, detailed work with primary sources.
  3. OHSP

    Chances of Entry?

    The US news rankings are garbage and NYU has better placements than schools ranked higher on that list. Look at actual placements not meaningless rankings charts—some of the schools in the top 20 on that list are not good options given their funding and/or placement situations and they're higher on the list because of perceived prestige etc. Really this isn’t about offending people who are at the schools you’re calling safeties, it’s about picking schools that place people in your academic field. BU and NYU are not comparable because of placements (they are a world apart because of placements). And I can't stress how important it is to look at placements in your actual, specific subfield.
  4. OHSP

    Chances of Entry?

    I agree with what others have said but also would advise you to get rid of the notion of reach and safety schools—NYU is not a “back up” if you don’t get into the others (said as someone who chose a “lower ranked” school over UPenn). If you’re assuming that NYU and BU (not in the same category) will be easier to get into because they’re not ivies then you don’t have the best sense of how graduate programs operate.
  5. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    It's also quite likely to be the case that faculty members don't really know or care about this language funding (sad realities of grad school). It's better to focus on academic fit--why are the questions you're asking a good match for x professor etc.
  6. OHSP

    Selecting PHD programs Art History

    History of architecture type work often takes place in art history departments. Really I can't stress how different history and art history departments are--it would be better to ask these questions of people who know about the art history field. It would also help to do some basic research into schools rather than asking people to identify "top schools" for you--unlike in undergrad the "top school" for your own research is very dependent on your subfield and approach.
  7. OHSP

    Selecting PHD programs Art History

    Someone else posted about this recently and the collective advice was that, other than the word "history", art history and history PhD programs have very little in common--said as someone in a history phd program whose partner has an art history phd and is an art history lecturer.
  8. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    You don't need anyone to tell you that this is a positive response--the kind that's likely to freak out any lurkers on this forum [dear lurkers, my current advisors didn't respond to my pre-application emails at all--I applied anyway and they are both really supportive and great]. I had basically this same response from two professors at ivy leagues--I got into one of the schools and was not admitted at the other but am still in touch with the POI. The POI at the latter sent me a long email after the decision explaining that it was a numbers thing, which I appreciated--but know that this can happen to you too.
  9. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    @TMP I almost didn't apply because I didn't want to live in NYC, and when I got in I wrote it off entirely--the visit weekend totally changed my mind but until then I was like NOPE. And living in the city can be hard, so, I wasn't totally wrong to be wary.
  10. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I can only speak for nyu but it’s definitely the case that the admissions committee (and esp. the current dgs) is more concerned w quality of ideas and questions than with details about the archives you might go to etc etc. I wouldn’t waste a single moment explaining why it’ll be great for your research to be in nyc, that’s really a pretty minor detail about the department. If you’re interdisciplinary, stress it. Same goes for working across regions or diasporas. I know all adcoms deal with a bunch of applications some of which are immediately recognizable as a poor fit for the school, but just know and keep in mind that schools like CUNY, Columbia, and NYU receive quite a few applications from people who “would just find it interesting to live in nyc” [this is a complaint I have heard from a professor]. Show that you know the school and it’s strengths. **note that this is obviously not directed at TMP but following on from their suggestion
  11. OHSP

    Is getting a PhD worth it?

    What Columbia charges students for accomodation versus what grad students in the city tend to pay for rent, especially after their first year = not the same thing. Trust me also that the topic of money, stipends, rent etc etc is pretty relevant to question of whether a phd is worth it. It's a matter of how you're going to live for the next 5-7 years.
  12. OHSP

    Exchange Programs as a PhD Student

    When I was accepted to upenn someone mentioned this program and suggested it's more about working for a year in another university's lab (so not that relevant to history). I've found that I don't need any official exchange program to work with faculty at other schools. The consortium (https://gsas.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/gsas/academics/inter-university-doctoral-consortium.html) is useful but I've also had students from non-consortium schools in my classes and I'm taking a class at a non-consortium school because IRL if you have a decent relationship with a professor at your school who's friends with a professor you want to know elsewhere, they can help you to make that connection. Short story: I wouldn't spend much energy thinking about this.
  13. OHSP

    Is getting a PhD worth it?

    Is true--but I don't know of any friends paying more than $800 or $900 rent as grad students (because how to eat?). I share a studio with my partner so am lucky. Anyone paying $2000 for a room in nyc and going to grad school has either done a very impressive job of saving $$ pre-grad school and is now willing to spend it or.... the alternative.
  14. OHSP

    Is getting a PhD worth it?

    Amazing. I've discovered that some fellow students live in apartments that are $2000 a month just for their room (I pay $700 a month), and had people become very confused about the fact that I can't afford to go home (to the other side of the globe) more than once every 2 years or so/that my parents (a farmworker and a hospital orderly) can't just buy me tickets. Coming from a country where college is far more accessible, at least financially, I've found the US culture pretty astounding. But there are benefits to having to work over the summer etc.
  15. OHSP

    Is getting a PhD worth it?

    I second this. After my first year a bunch of the cohort seemed to be able to finance round-the-world trips and then I realized that they'd just spent 9 months living rent free courtesy of Family Cash. I make up for it by applying for fellowships while I scroll through their "beach life" instagram accounts (only kind of joking). I would also add that one thing I've seen get to people is the culture of academia--you can ❤️ research and teaching etc but that's only part of this place, and at my school the "I Love History!" folk don't really cope that well. If you're reading these boards I'd be very attentive to the advice you get from anyone attending the schools you're applying to--if someone says "I'm not sure that person really takes students" or "this school isn't strong in your area" then pay attention. It doesn't matter that you received a friendly email from a faculty member, they don't always know what's up in the department as a whole--current grad students are the most reliable source of accurate information.

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.