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  1. There is almost nothing you can do with an MA in History without a Ph.D. also. Unless you want to go into public History, then you can find jobs with an MA. Public History is about the only History field that has much in the way of jobs, the rest of the field suffers from the same problems that most liberal arts fields do in terms of oversupply of Ph.D.s and not enough jobs for them let alone people with just MAs.
  2. I noticed this area doesn't have many new posts latley, perhaps because it is somewhat between applications seasons (applications for Spring are done and ones for Fall are just starting). Who is applying for Fall 2015? Where are you applying? As for me, I am planning to apply to: The University of Washington Kent State University Simmons College I'm trying to decide if I should apply anywhere else. At this point I'm just getting started with applications because the earliest one is due in mid-January and the other two are due in March.
  3. PieMonster: I have to mention it to be honest, and also because my transcripts would reveal it anyway. Moving to Europe is really not an option for me unless my husband wanted to go as well, and his current academic job search is in the US and Canada. CrazyCatLady80: I completed a MA at a different program from the one I was working on a Ph.D. at, so another MA would not be productive unless it was such a different field that it made sense to do that.
  4. Thanks for the suggestions, though Winconsin is a pretty tough program to get into from what I understand. My previous insitution is not open to petitions for a re-take, and frankly it was actually a bad fit for me. That will be my justification when reapplying. Also, I am planning to change what field I am working in, so that is additional justification. Europe isn't really an option for me, because I am married and don't want to move far away from my husband. Also, European Ph.D.s mostly lead to European employment, since they don't have coursework and don't prepare their graduates
  5. Hello everyone. I used to post on this forum a number of years ago, so probably none of you remember me. I'm looking into reapplying to graduate school after completing three years of a Ph.D. program, but not passing my written exams. I could go into lots of detail about how the process wasn't all that fair, but unless anyone is interested, I'll spare everyone that. I'd still like to get a Ph.D., but it seems that traditional timed written comprehensive exams where you have to write all you know in a few short hours are not compatible with my learning style. At least not ones that requi
  6. A lot of my information on financial aid is five years old by this point, so it probably has no relevance. However, Fordham had a bad habit of loosing people's financial aid paperwork or being really slow to get aid out. Also reducing people's aid after the first year without good reason, in some cases so much that some of my friends could not continue there. Again, this was only undergrad stuff. I heard a few grad students talking about their funding being reduced, but that was a while ago. If the package you got looks good, it probably is. Anyway, NYC can be a great place to go to sc
  7. I went to Fordham for undergrad, and do know some people who have gone there for grad school (including some people in the English department). Also, I grew up in NYC, so I know the city fairly well. On the housing topic: Grad students tend to live near campus in various apartment buildings. I'd recommend you contact current grad students to find out which ones are better than others. Do keep in mind that places very close to campus can be a good idea, because long walks at night can be a little scary if you aren't used to the area. (Even then it is a good idea not to walk alone. It is
  8. I'd say lack of time to prepare healthy meals (particularly breakfasts and lunches) and the resulting consumption of convenience food or fast food, along with a lack of time to devote to serious exercise has been the problem among my colleagues.
  9. Well, loosing weight before you start grad school is all well and good. Loosing weight or maintaining your weight while in grad school can be quite difficult. Making time for exercise during grad school can be just as difficult or more so than making time while applying.
  10. The option to edit posts is only available for a certain amount of time after the post it made, and after that the post can not be edited. Don't worry about it. I felt kind of silly posting to point out your mistake there, but I see it so often in student papers that it really gets to me sometimes.
  11. Thanks for your response. I do understand that long distance relationships aren't something everyone is willing to do. I respect your decision not to be involved in one, and I imagine a long distance marriage would be more difficult than a long distance relationship before marriage. I do see what you mean about safety schools. It is a little different in the sciences than in my field, History. Congratulations on the acceptances, and I hope your husband hears some good news soon too!
  12. No, you are not the abstract concept of bias, though you could be biased. (Sorry, grammatical pet peeve. No offense intended. I can't count how many times I've had to correct the use of the word bias on student papers.)
  13. If the only way that you will go to grad school is if both of you are accepted at the same school or schools near each other, be prepared to go through the admissions process more than once. Being in the same field will make it more difficult, since you might still be competing with each other even though you are not in the same sub-field. There is no such thing as a safety school in graduate admissions. The school you mention may not be highly ranked, but are are both of your research interests a good fit for that department? If not, you could still easily be rejected. Even if you are
  14. Agreed. Anyone can argue that most fields are useless, or useful. It is pretty much all opinion.
  15. I was just wondering if anyone posting here is applying to Washington State University. I'm a first year Ph.D. student at WSU, and would be glad to answer any questions that you have. Feel free to PM me if you don't want to post your question publicly, or if you would like to talk by e-mail.
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