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Am I too old (51) to go to grad school?

I have been thinking about getting my pHD—for a couple of reasons. Though I am a very well-established and published non-fiction author, I have been up for a few teaching positions lately and have been told that my lack of an advanced degree (I have a BA) is holding me back. In addition, I simply am interested in going deeper with my work; the degree I am considering is in geography, though history of science also intrigues me. The question: am I crazy to be thinking of this at my age? I don't want to get a degree strictly as a "broadening my knowledge" proposition—I want to be able to use it and to teach. But we're seriously talking being the oldest guy in the class, most likely. So, my questions: is it worthwhile? will it help me find employment teaching? does my existing experience count for anything? and where do I start? Thoughts, answers, advice...all appreciated. Thanks.
posted by soulbarn on Nov 11, 2013 - 23 answers

PhD dropout

I'm dropping out of a PhD program in a social science with only a masters degree. I need a real job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 15 answers

I know I know this, but my instructor won't accept (My Brain, 2012) as a citation.

How can I become better at remembering references to cite in my academic writing? I know how to use APA style, but when I need to write I can remember theories and details, but not where I actually READ those theories. HALP! [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted on Dec 5, 2012 - 14 answers

I don't want to be a professor, I just want to be a lab tech who reads a lot.

Help me quit grad school. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 21 answers

Please help me give advice to my brother about a chemical engineering phd

I'm worried my brother might be making the wrong decision about his degree. He has a fellowship and is well on the way to getting a phd, but he is thinking of stopping at a masters so he can get a job. The reasons he gives seem naive to me, but I don't know anything about this field. I'm worried he's going to end up being bored and unfulfilled because he's focused on short term goals. [more inside]
posted by bleary on Jun 23, 2011 - 46 answers

Looking for a traditional canon-focused English MA-- does it exist?

What is the best English MA grad school that focuses on literary forms and content, and literary canon? Secondarily, a PhD program that has a 'hidden' MA possible in this area? [more inside]
posted by reenka on Jan 21, 2011 - 14 answers

Is a great MA program worth the debt?

I got into a top English grad program, but they defaulted me from PhD to MA. Is it worth shouldering the massive debt of a Master's degree, or should I gamble on getting into a PhD program next year? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Mar 17, 2010 - 33 answers

Can a Canadian work legally in the U.S. if their spouse goes to grad school there...and how?

A Canadian friend just got accepted to an American grad school (Chicago) for a 5 year Ph.D program. He'll have funding, but how would his equally Canadian wife make a living in the U.S.? Getting the basic information is not as easy as they expected. What's the skinny? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 29, 2010 - 13 answers

Should I have been applying to scholarships instead of spending my summer at the beach?

How common is it for competitive liberal arts applicants to enter graduate school with outside scholarships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Grad School Blues

Thinking about leaving grad school (maybe for good?). What's the best "next step"? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Feb 2, 2009 - 10 answers

Coming from an art-school background, I have *none* of the requirements for a CS grad school. Am I hopeless?

How do I start a MS in Computer Science with no applicable background? [more inside]
posted by amileighs on Dec 19, 2008 - 12 answers

Where should I go to grad school?

Help me choose between grad schools: I am accepted (with fellowships) to the math depts at both UC Davis and Penn State. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by milqman on Apr 15, 2008 - 8 answers

Real World vs Academia, Lose lose?

Is the choice between academia and “real world work” a lose-lose situation? Is it possible for someone with a BA in English to transition into PHD programs involving poli sci, government work, public policy / advocacy thereby offering non-academic options? [more inside]
posted by withdillemma on Apr 14, 2006 - 23 answers

graduate student support group

Grad students unite! Calling all Ph.D. students, but especially those in the humanities, literature, languages, or history departments. How do you stay healthy (mentally and physically), keep sane, be positive, get work finished in a timely manner, stay happy? [more inside]
posted by fionab on May 1, 2005 - 35 answers

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