historyandkittens Posted June 11, 2014 Share Posted June 11, 2014 Wondering if anyone has any advice... I was accepted to an unfunded Master's MA from a prestigious school for a history program (which I had thought was my "reach" application). It is required to attend full time for two years. From conversations I've had, most of the students in this small program are well set up to then apply for PhD programs-- many stay at that school to continue on to PhDs (through a de facto admittance process), some go on to other top-notch PhDs programs, etc. To be honest, I feel that I would need something like this if I was to later consider applying to a PhD program-- my undergraduate record in history was good and my GRE scores are excellent, and I've been told my SOP is very strong and focused; however overall undergrad GPA is suffering due to an unrelated stint I had early on in undergrad with pre-medicine courses. I need a history-only Master's program to show that I am a capable performer in the field when I am not taking an entire 4-year history major in 1.5 years and working 2 part time jobs... So, overjoyed at the best prospect I had for opening the door to future options, I accepted. Meanwhile, I have been working another unrelated job in an unrelated industry since completing undergrad to attempt to save some small amount of money. Upon hearing that I was leaving in August for graduate school, I was offered a very significant raise to stay with the company. Not enough that would pay for an entire year tuition+expenses of the two year program or anything, but would significantly lessen my debt. With the understanding that, hypothetically if I took it, my company knows I would probably leave next year for a program anyway, thus they would have just delayed my leaving for one year. Unfortunately, that offer was ill-timed and happened just a few days ago, and I have already accepted my admissions offer to the program, submitted deposit etc, back in April. Additionally, I have a medical issue that *may* require surgery to occur relatively soon. I have more upcoming doctors appointments but will not know for several weeks probably if surgery is necessary. If it is, I will be crutch ridden for many months with a campus that is very difficult to access with crutches... Not impossible, but not ideal. I am not completely set on even attempting to put off school for another year, and also really do not care about the industry I am currently working in and would not stay past another year, but just wondering how to go about finding out what my options are. More background notes about the school: -The graduate school at the university has a deferral form online, so I believe it's not entirely dis-allowed, but most likely that is intended for admitted students who have not yet accepted. -Program accepts 6-8 students each year; at any given time, some of them are at one institution and some of them are the other (joint degree). Some pros/cons I've thought of if I were try to defer for a year... Pros: - earn more money/defray some debt (hoping they understand my reservations considering it is an unfunded program) - It is a 2 year joint program; 1 year of the program is in the UK. I was planning to do that portion in the 2015-2016 school year, which would have been my second year if I started Fall 2014 but which will be my first year if I start Fall 2015. Students have a choice of which to do when and I want to do it in that year regardless of if I defer, so then my second year would then be in the US in 2016-2017. Having extra money will, given that the UK year would now be first, make the Visa process easier and defray the amount of debt I will need to take out/have in the bank for the Visa approval. - If I do not wish to continue with the PhD program and wish to instead pursue employment prospects immediately following my MA completion.. It will be much better for salary negotiations to be able to report that my last salary was X amount (the high offer) vs. the current amount. - The extra time would potentially allow me to explore other funding options. (Thinking outside funding.. I do not expect that the program would be able to offer me any if I waited another year although I could be mistaken.) - Money to pay for medical treatments if they are necessary (beyond what is covered by insurance). Would not help with the school debt portion but would help with the general less-debt situation. Cons: - I do not want the school to frown upon me asking if it is an option. The admission is very selective and I do not want to p*ss someone off by making seem as if I have set the program aside for something else-- (more money and "maybe" surgeries..) because that is not the case. If it came down to it, I would do the program this year. I want to do it, period-- just want to know if I could possibly wait to do it for another year. But, will the director, professors, etc. immediately dislike me for asking? (from a prestige perspective) - I do not want the program to think I am not able to pay. I am willing to incur the debt for the opportunity, and I would this year, but I just would really prefer to save a little more money if I could. Sadly, I know I am probably one of "those applicants" that was accepted in part because they are not requiring funding offers. - Is there anyway they can take away my admissions offer if I ask? No, right? I submitted deposit etc... Anybody have any insight about this type of situation? "Deferring" if you've already accepted? 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