historyspace Posted April 5, 2019 Share Posted April 5, 2019 I’m in a little bit of a dilemma. I have received two offers from history PhD programs and have thoroughly enjoyed both of my visits. What should then be the number one thing on my criteria when making my final decision?Having had an advisor from hell experience at a decently ranked history MA program, I am weighing mostly quality of facility/available support. I feel like I have received 2 quality offers in terms of advisor but... According to US News and World Report School A’s history grad dept ranks somewhere in the 30s and School B ranks in the 70s. The advisor at school A is an established legend & the president of major conferences in my field, while school B has a rising star who in a little over a decade has already published numerous books, which have been praised by the legends of the field. People at the top tier programs in my field, in fact, all recommended that I apply to be his student. He also runs a lot of academic institutes and is well respected. One student at school A told me while my prospective advisor is great she can be “a little head in the clouds” and thus a dual advising situation would work better. Plus her bread and butter is a different century than mine but she has nonetheless backed my project. Advisor B not only does my century but I’ve read his book numerous times even before grad school, it was really an inspiration. So his subject matter is more in my wheelhouse. And the students didn’t really have anything negative to say about him, plus there are numerous other people who could serve on my committee at school B. In full disclosure I do the history of race in modern Europe. Loved my visit to school A but school B’s visit blew me away: I was mainly impressed in the tight knit support and the financial package is better (tho it is much more expensive to live in the area school B) & the grad student culture. For whatever it’s worth B is on the beach and A is in the snow. I am leaning toward school B to be honest, but would the low ranking screw my career prospects? I should note that School B, despite its low ranking seems to have had a recent placement record (mostly in a regional field outside of mine in history) and School A seems to be more unclear. I really liked both but I feel like School B is beginning to really separate itself from the pack. Am I neglecting the rankings too much? Or focusing on them too much? Advisor/support or rankings? What have you guys weighed the most? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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