Monday, February 28, 2011

Columbia University - From MA to PhD Advice

Columbia University suggests the following for MA students who wish to go onto PhD program

Students who are pursuing the M.A. in order to enhance their chances of being admitted to a distinguished Ph.D. program should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) about how best to pursue that goal. Usually, it is wise to plan for two years for the M.A. rather than one. That will give you more time to amass a record at Columbia, and to become known by the faculty members from whom you will be requesting letters of recommendation. If there are financial or personal reasons for trying to complete the degree within one year, we advise you to wait until after you complete the M.A. before applying to Ph.D. programs.

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