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  1. This happens more often than you'd suppose. One of my colleague's French language proficiency exam was "translate this passage from Foucault in front of me."
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    NYU's MA programs are cash cows that fund their PhD programs. You're not likely to get the kind of support you need to successfully continue onto a PhD.
  3. More a general rule than an absolute, but I agree, if you want to work in a history department, you're more likely to get there doing a history PhD than an American Studies PhD.
  4. Look at what your advisor's former students are doing. If one advisor is pumping out TT faculty members, and the other is producing people with non-academic careers, it's clear, in view of your goals, who to choose.
  5. Columbia's MA programs fund their PhD programs. I wouldn't expect to get the sort of attention and advising you need to successfully transition into a PhD.
  6. I understand your discomfort, but I would suggest that this isn't as big a deal as you seem to think it is. Applicants don't accept offers all the time, so most faculty don't take it too personally. I would bring up your other options if asked, because, as other posters have said, faculty have far more insight into the contours of the field than someone just entering graduate school. Depending on your sub-field, your advisor may know faculty at other programs. It's also understood that applicants are going to act in their own best interests, which don't always overlap with faculty's interests. Unless you do something really egregious, most faculty don't remember accepted students from year to year. About #2: I would ask about on campus resources and would try to get some idea of their advising style; you should ask current grad students about the latter, too. One of the biggest predictors of a successful relationship is having a similar expectation of the advisor and advisee's roles.
  7. I know someone who did this. He finished a PhD and wrote an official history for a government agency, then jumped over to a major government-facing consulting firm. I asked him about it a few months back and his advice was a) network and b) be lucky. Even the STEM fields don't have the easiest time at many of the top firms; I actually watched a Versatile PhD presentation about this exact issue only a few months back. The presenter suggested networking (through alumni/department/whatever) and trying to sell your skills in the best way you can. I think @Sigaba works around consulting?
  8. If both of you are interested in talking to current grad students, I would suggest getting in contact with your potential advisor's students and asking them to speak about their experiences on the phone/via Skype/etc. Most people tend to be a lot more forthcoming when they're not leaving a paper trail.
  9. Columbia's MA programs fund their PhD programs, so I wouldn't hold out for funding.
  10. I would go with your gut. NYU's offer is a cash cow. I've never heard anything positive about that program. Boston College's offer may have strings that prevent outside work or make outside work very difficult. From my perspective, your off year plan is very solid. If possible, I would incorporate sources in that language into your writing sample. It would definitely show off your abilities.
  11. Chicago has an outstanding Ancient Near East program, running out of the Oriental Institute. I'd place it with Harvard and Yale, that's how good it is. A 100% funded MAPPS wouldn't be a bad way to go, provided @Mehak is willing to push him/herself to learn whatever additional languages s/he needs. I know Indiana Univ. has a MA program in ANE languages and cultures. Maybe looking there would be beneficial. Just like with ancient history, the job market for ANE is very limited, so attending a top-tier program is non-negotiable.
  12. You'll probably get a MAPPS/whatever the other one is called offer in a few weeks.
  13. Just something that jumped into mind, there are Summer Latin courses available through several universities (e.g. Toronto and Catholic Univ. of America have well-known programs). You might want to look into them. They're not incredibly cheap, but they're definitely cheaper than the cost of a MA or a post-bac.
  14. I would largely agree with @AP's advice, here. The only exception I can think of is if you've developed a relationship with the faculty member in question beforehand. I did request feedback from one of the programs I applied to, and the professor gave me as much information as he felt he could. That said, I'd already corresponded with this professor and spoken to him in person at some length. That's certainly an atypical case, though.
  15. A post-bac might be more up your alley, if it's affordable and accessible. Unless that MA program has exceptional placement into PhD programs, I can't see it being a particularly good use of time. Also, I'd heed your advisor's advice. The job market in everything humanities is awful. Before you'd commit to this path, apprise yourself of the job opportunities, both academic and otherwise. Go onto H-Net and look at how many full-time ancient history positions come open in a year. Universities are in the process of consolidating departments, not opening new ones.
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