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I know nothing about grad school; is it for me?

I am an older student (in my 50s), graduating with my first B.A. in December, in anthropology. I'm very sad to leave school, as I have really enjoyed my time there (well, in this iteration--not so much when I was much younger). I absolutely LOVE going to classes and learning new stuff. I love the idea of continuing to be a student, but I'm not sure if grad school makes sense. But, mostly, I really don't understand how grad school works: [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Jul 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Mind if I don't call you Doctor?

When is it correct to address a doctor as Dr? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Oct 22, 2013 - 59 answers

New baby + diss defense, can this math work?

Wrapping up a pregnancy and a dissertation at the same time. Given the inherent badness of this idea, when is the least ill-advised time to schedule my defense? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2013 - 15 answers

Day in The Life of a professor or research scientist

I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on the daily experience of a university researcher in either psychology or the basic sciences as well as a meta-review of the job as a whole. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Mar 14, 2013 - 5 answers

How to get into academia later in life?

What possible avenues are there to get 'back' on an academic career path in your late 30s? Are there any unusual paths that I have not considered? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Jan 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Can or should I go back to college?

I'm in my 30s. Can/should I go back to college? What about student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Jul 17, 2012 - 25 answers

MSc or PhD?

Wondering whether I should go for the PhD that I wanted when I went back to school, or whether it's more sensible to stay where I am and do a Master's first. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jul 1, 2012 - 18 answers

What does a typical PhD schedule look like?

What does a typical social sciences PhD's work schedule look like? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Apr 14, 2012 - 13 answers

How do five possible grad schools compare?

I am trying to choose a school for a PhD in Political Science. How do these compare? The University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, the University of California at Santa Barbara, McGill University, and the University of Michigan? [more inside]
posted by sindark on Mar 13, 2012 - 17 answers

What are some non-academic jobs in the social sciences?

Non-academic careers/jobs in the social sciences? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Feb 17, 2012 - 6 answers

A successful PhD: software recommendations and other tips?

Hacks for a Successful PhD? I'm looking for tips or software that will help me - as a new PhD student - finish successfully. Researchers: tell me your tricks! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Oct 8, 2011 - 22 answers

Seeking opinions on career options and life directions for a young geologist - please weigh in with your experiences!

I'm a young geologist considering long-term career options and life directions. Please tell me about your experiences (as a geologist) in grad school, industry, or government/regulation. Or your experiences working in video/photography, as that is an alternative career path I'm considering. [more inside]
posted by Strudel on Sep 11, 2011 - 9 answers

I'll be the best-educated person under the 9th Street Bridge.

I'm an unemployed PhD! Wheeeee!!!! What can I do to ensure that I won't be homeless next month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2011 - 36 answers

Leave academia for K-12?

My partner is doing her Ph.D in English but is starting to think she wants to teach elementary or high school. We're in Canada. We've got questions about the job market, location, and the benefits and burdens of getting the Ph.D. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Feb 8, 2011 - 7 answers

I want to be a "doctor" when I grow up (which will be never)

I wannabe a doctor: What's the cheapest / easiest way to get an online "doctoral degree?" [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Jan 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Would it be rude to ask a professor for a potential list of other professors?

I'm in the process of looking at graduate schools in philosophy, which is a difficult task when trying to match up my niche specialty with potential professors. I've been able to track down five different professors, but I was wondering if it would be rude to ask if they had any suggestions on where/who to look. I'm located in the United States, but this academic community is 99% located outside of here, and browsing the associated journals and conferences hasn't been too helpful because the names I'm coming across are graduate students and names that aren't popping up on Google.
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Calling all scientists: I need some advice about graduate school.

Is it too late for me to gain admission to the top PhD programs in the life sciences? What can I do to improve my chances besides the obvious? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Aug 29, 2010 - 18 answers

Is it worth it to get a M.S. or a Ph.D in Computer Science?

Is it worth it to get a M.S. or a Ph.D in Computer Science? What kinds of doors would they open? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on Jul 23, 2010 - 23 answers

Help me not let an A- ruin my day...

Help me not let an A- ruin my day... [more inside]
posted by amileighs on May 6, 2010 - 25 answers

How can I best get a materials science PhD in Germany?

Studying in Germany Filter: I want to get a PhD in materials science at a German university, hopefully starting in 2011. Please help me get started figuring this out! [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Jan 21, 2010 - 6 answers

Two Masters Better than A Doctorate?

If all goes well, in Spring 2011 I will have finally completed my Masters in Mental Health Counseling. But I want to apply my degree to higher education. [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Oct 30, 2009 - 3 answers

Ideas for a graduation gift for a psychology student

Graduation gift for a psychology student [more inside]
posted by jinatrix on Apr 29, 2009 - 14 answers

PhD programs offered to foreigners?

Are there any respected PhD (or advanced research) programs offered from anywhere in the world that can be undertaken outside the country of the University that is offering it? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Dec 9, 2008 - 10 answers

Art School Preferential

Is there a point to art school? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jul 22, 2008 - 10 answers

Life in Singapore

I'm considering applying for a maths PhD in Singapore. I'm from the UK. I'd like some thoughts on living there for an extended period. As far as I can tell there's been a certain degree of liberalization recently - any opinion on that?
posted by topynate on Nov 28, 2007 - 7 answers

The best kind of Ph.D. is a finished one ...

I have one year left on my Ph.D. and still have six chapters to write. Does anyone have any advice on writing and time management strategies to help me make sure that I don't run out of time? [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Dec 20, 2006 - 30 answers

Can I take graduate courses before I'm enrolled in a Ph.D. program?

Can I take graduate courses before I'm enrolled in a Ph.D. program? Do any grad students do this? [more inside]
posted by ifranzen on Jul 27, 2006 - 14 answers

Is an online doctorate feasible?

Is it feasible or as valuable to get a doctorate online? [more inside]
posted by UncleHornHead on Apr 28, 2006 - 14 answers

What are the ethics of leaving something off of your resume?

Would it be considered fraud or providing false information if I were to leave my doctorate off of my resume? [more inside]
posted by lisaj32 on Mar 16, 2006 - 27 answers

Esquire, not Doctor.

I'm a lawyer who can't understand why some lawyers insist on laying claim to having a doctorate. They don't, of course. Why this insecurity? [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 on Oct 26, 2005 - 41 answers

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