Which phD program is better?
February 14, 2012 6:32 PM Subscribe
How do I know which Ethnomusicology graduate program is considered better in the field? And how do I decide where to go?
posted by anonymous to Education (8 answers total)
I have recently gotten acceptances for phD programs I have applied. I have narrowed down the decision to two schools.
Both of these programs are in Canada, and I am having a hard time finding out how these programs are perceived in the field in and out of Canada-- most discussions focus on US schools.
I have asked as many people as I can about both, and have gotten mixed responses. Some people (in the field) either don't know anything or have never heard of school B. Some says school B has a better program. Some says school A is top notch in Canada.
I have also scoured the program requirements. School B requires twice as many courses, and has a more elaborate comprehensive exam than school A. School A has more resources relevant to my research. School A is also in the same city as my field site, and has more teaching/ TA opportunities.
I have made my pros and cons list in terms of funding, timeline, location, cohort likeability, quality of life, overall prestige in case I never get an academic job and need to impress a non-academic employer, general theoretical leaning or atmosphere, etc. Now I just really want to know how these two programs are received in the field.
How does one go about finding this information?
I also want to know quality of education, but I feel like that has a lot to do with how I get along with my advisor, so it's hard to say right now.