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Getting What You Came for: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a PH.D.by Robert L. Peters
Synopses & Reviews
Is graduate school right for you?
Should you get a masters or a Ph.D.?
How can you choose the best possible school?
This classic guide helps students answer these vital questions and much more. It will also help graduate students finish in less time, for less money, and with less trouble.
Based on interviews with career counselors, graduate students, and professors, Getting What You Came For is packed with real-life experiences. It has all the advice a student will need not only to survive but to thrive in graduate school, including: instructions on applying to school and for financial aid; how to excel on qualifying exams; how to manage academic politics—including hostile professors; and how to write and defend a top-notch thesis. Most important, it shows you how to land a job when you graduate.
Every year almost half a million people start a graduate program of some sort. For many, grad school is the critical step toward a career as a researcher or teacher in higher education. Others might be pursuing a masters or a doctorate for personal fulfillment or to obtain the skills and credentials for a career outside the academy. No matter which group you are in, this book provides brilliant and unflinching advice about how to make a disaster out of graduate school.Kevin D. Haggerty and Aaron Doyle—two veteran directors of graduate programs and recipients of mentoring awards—have seen it all, the good and the bad. Here in this funny and shrewd book they lay out the fifty-seven ways to screw up grad school so that you can avoid them. Their litanies of foul-ups are organized by theme and cover the grad school experience from beginning to end: from how to select your university and program, to your interactions with your advisor, committee, and fellow students, to balancing your personal and academic lives, through the pitfalls of completing your thesis and hunting for a job or postdoctoral fellowship. Although the authors guarantee that following their 57 step program will result in a spectacular crash and burn, their primary goal is to breathe some life and humor into a concise, accessible, and engaging guide for students and potential students on how to navigate and ultimately succeed in graduate school.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -386) and index.
Table of Contents
This book can help (and you probably need it!)--What is graduate school like? — Do you need to go? — Should you work first? — Choosing a school: the thesis adviser — Choosing a school: secondary aspects — Application and admission — Improving your credentials for admission — Financial aid — The master's degree: history and hurdles — The doctorate: history and hurdles — Managing yourself — Playing politics: building a reputation — Master's comprehensive and Ph. D. qualifying examinations — Choosing and managing your thesis committee — The thesis topic: finding it — The thesis proposal — The thesis: writing it — The thesis defense — Oral presentations: the key to being a star — Dealing with stress and depression — The social milieu — Swimming with the mainstream: returning students, women, minorities, and foreign students — Bringing it all together: the job — Appendix A: Buying your computer and software — Appendix B: Useful internet addresses.
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