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  1. Can anyone give examples of things going not-so-good during campus visits? I'm curious.
  2. cyborg213

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I wouldn't recommend anyone, unless you're rich or have external funding, to pursue an unfunded MA program... Especially if there are some amazing fully-funded MA programs available out there. If your ultimate goal is to pursue a PhD, take a year off, read, improve your application materials, take graduate-level courses at a nearby institution, work on your language skills... There are so many people I know that benefit from such a decision, and are accepted to fully funded PhDs next season. Given the precarious job situation, we shouldn't fall into years debt for a graduate program in the humanities.
  3. Is this funding a partial tuition remission, or is it a stipend?
  4. cyborg213

    2019 Applicants

    Does anybody know what's the average / usual / expected conference funding offered by phd programs?
  5. Thank you so much @emprof!! This is very helpful advice. To my knowledge, they all have tenure-track positions. What would be a good way to find out if the program has a strong record of mentoring and tenuring their junior faculty?
  6. What about young advisors who might not be big names or experienced scholars (they are currently advising two ongoing dissertations for the first time), but whose research focus fits really well with my project? I'm about to accept an offer from a well regarded program, but all three potential advisors are quite young. This is a concern that's preventing me from committing... any thoughts on this?
  7. cyborg213

    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    I'm in a similar situation (also an international student), so I really relate to what you're going through. I wouldn't worry about wasting people's time (which I understand might be one of your concerns), because it's perfectly reasonable for your POIs and other faculty and staff to spend some time talking to you over the phone or doing whatever is in their hands to recruit you. If you are accepted it means they really want you, so for them it's part of the process to spend time and other resources in order to “seduce you” - I kind of hate this metaphor, but it really feels like that, doesn't it? I'm about to decline an offer and I feel terrible about it, nervous, fearful, like I'm gonna break someone's heart! Yikes! Then I remember I'm not that important. For instance, I have been invited by one of the schools to a campus visit and they are paying for everything and are being extra nice and supportive. This would never happen in my country, and I feel I'm accepting a very expensive gift that I shouldn't accept, especially if I'm not completely sure I will attend this program. But again, it's part of the process. So make all the questions you need to make in order to make an informed decision. And although I wouldn't make a big deal out of it, I would definitely be honest with this POI about the fact that you are considering more options, and are still in the process of making decisions.
  8. cyborg213

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I'll PM you.
  9. cyborg213

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    A very good friend of mine did!
  10. cyborg213

    Fall 2020 Applicants

    You definitely have a shot! You wrote an undergrad thesis, so you have some experience in research, and you have teaching experience in the field as well. I think it all depends on how you present a coherent project. And the most important think to do this, I believe, is to have a clear idea on what you want to do and why, and to pose interesting questions that are relevant to the field and are a consequent result of your intellectual history and development. MA programs are not as competitive as PhD programs (and they don't require you to have a research project as concise and specific as the PhD), but it's important to keep in mind that most of them are unfunded. Some of them will offer you tuition scholarships or TA positions, but it's rare they will offer a monthly stipend.. I'm sure you can find plenty of information on fully funded MA programs on this forum.
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    That's good to know. I actually decided to apply with my terrible scores after I saw in the results page someone who posted similar scores and was also admitted years ago
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    So this might be one of the reasons why I was accepted to amazing PhD programs in the UK that didn't require the GRE, was granted one of the most prestigious fellowships in Europe for graduate studies, but received a flat-out rejection from U. Chicago (didn't even get the MAPH consolation prize). My GRE scores, Q and V, were a complete disaster!!
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    Is this a reason to get two MAs before a PhD?

    Considering you will graduate with a BA degree in Art History, is the MA in Art History really necessary? Without having too much information on your situation, I think you should focus your BA thesis in Medieval French visual culture, and then go directly to the MA in Medieval Studies - making sure you take a fair amount of courses in Art History and focus your MA thesis in Medieval French visual culture. Or go for the MA in Art History and focus on Medieval French VC. However, even if you go through the 2 MAs (which is not weird at all!), it won't take you as long as a PhD program in the US, which usually takes 6 to 7 years to complete (and in most cases people start their PhDs after one or two years of an MA). In any case, if you feel comfortable enough with writing a dissertation right after pursuing a yearlong masters program, I'd go for it. I guess the decision has to do more with how much you think you can accomplish in a year-long masters program, and how much experience and knowledge you feel you need to acquire in order to write a dissertation.
  14. cyborg213

    2019 Applicants

    A very good friend of mine just got an offer from Rochester's Visual and Cultural Studies. Any thoughts on this program?
  15. cyborg213

    2019 Applicants

    The night before getting my rejection letter from UChicago, I dreamt that I was already admitted and went to my “first day of class”. It was an abandoned futuristic building in the middle of the desert. I went up the stairs (they were extremely fragile), entered the classroom and found that the two professors that were welcoming us were Miranda Priestly, from “The Devil Wears Prada”, and Mr. B., an American History teacher I had when I was a exchange high school student in the US 15 years ago. Miranda then takes me on a tour around the “campus” and proudly shows me the library, which looks like a poorer version of the main hall of the Grand Budapest Hotel.

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