What does a typical PhD schedule look like?
April 14, 2012 12:38 PM Subscribe
What does a typical social sciences PhD's work schedule look like?
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats to Education (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a single mom who's considering doing a PhD. I have been trying to find out what a "work week" looks like for a PhD student, but haven't had much luck. I can't figure out how much time is spent in class and teaching - activities where you must be physically present - and how much is spent where I could be working from home. (Kids are in school.) In fact, I can't find out how many hours I would be investing in the experience overall, let alone on or off campus. The only programs that seem open to talking about that sort of thing are education, counselling and nursing, where there are lots of women, but I'm not interested in any of those subjects.
FWIW, I have a ton of research/writing and teaching experience and, though it's been a few years since undergrad and my masters, I was usually at or near the top of my class. I'm a very fast reader and writer - I finished the verbal section of a graduate admissions test in half the allotted time and scored in the top percentiles. I share that to indicate that I'm not someone who usually gets bogged down in the main pursuits of school. I've been out of the academic loop for a while, but people continue to suggest to me that I should look at doing a PhD and it's always been in the back of my mind.
I'm not sure how to get this information without sounding like I'm wanting to slack off, which is not my intent at all. I'm just trying to understand the impact on my family and whether it's something I would even want to do. I'm not looking to pursue a tenure-track position with the PhD, so jobs for grads and all that are not a big interest for me. I am mainly interested in what my life would look like as a student - so that I can see what my kids' lives would look like. For example, would picking them up at 3pm some days of the week be completely out of the question?