MrArl Posted April 28, 2013 Share Posted April 28, 2013 A quick solicitation of opinion as I make a final decision between these two schools. I was accepted to an international studies MA program at Stanford and the PhD program in International History at the LSE. Originally, I was selected for the PhD studentship at the LSE (full tuition+stipend for up to 4yrs), and received no funding from Stanford. However, a week ago I received an email from Stanford offering a first-year full tuition fellowship, and RA/TAship to cover costs in the second year. I had just about made up my mind on LSE (financial reasons were very important), but now--great problem to have--I am torn. I would love to keep academia open as an option during/after my degree, but I am realistic as to the miniscule prospects provided in the field by a PhD from the UK--particularly a non-Oxbridge PhD. That said, I've been told the LSE PhD is a useful professional credential, and at the end of the day, it is a PhD (even if a UK PhD-light) not an MA. Yet Stanford, is, well, Stanford. The program is interdisciplinary, with flexibility to take courses across the University, including in the History department. ~30% of graduates continue on to a PhD (Econ, PoliSci or History) at Stanford or peer institutions. I also already have a one-year UK masters in a related field studied on a fellowship immediately post-undergraduate, which adds to my hesitation to go for "just" another MA. So, as decisions must be made soon, I guess I'm just soliciting any opinions, particularly any that can offer more insight into the reputation/value of the LSE International History department and the value of going for an MA at a prestigious university with a sub-50% rate of placement in PhDs. Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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