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From:keg41
Date:November 12th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Are you applying for an MA program or a PhD program? It makes a big difference. If you are still trying to decide if teaching/research is for you, a terminal MA program might be the way to go. When I was first applying for MA programs back in the day, one of my professors gave me some words of wisdom that I continue to cherish: don't go to grad school unless you get funding. We don't make enough money (compared to MDs and lawyers) to make taking out tons of loans really worth it.

As far as what we can do with a musicology degree... related to library science, there's archive work. If I can't get a tenure-track job, one of my fantasy gigs would be to work at the Smithsonian music archive.
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From:nightingale0
Date:November 12th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
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I'm studying part time and working full time, applying to an MA. At my age, I would be paying the loans until retirement if I decided to fund my education that way. Terminal MA?
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From:keg41
Date:November 12th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Terminal MA programs end after you've finished the thesis without any commitments to PhD programs. Some programs only award MA degrees if the student in question decides to leave before finishing the dissertation or if they don't pass their exams.
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From:nightingale0
Date:November 13th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
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Interesting - I've never heard of that. Here, you get you MA degree before you even apply for a PhD, which may or may not be at the same school. Students are usually advised not to do all three degrees at the same place, so if I go on to a PhD, I will most likely leave York University even though I love it here. The MA program has the open of doing either a thesis, or a research paper and more courses. One thing I will look into before I decide is how much difference it will make to me being accepted into a PhD program, but the main difference between the thesis & the research paper seems to be length, & there is also a difference in evaluation proceedures.
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From:ephraim_oakes
Date:November 23rd, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
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yeah, the MA-PhD combined situation is standard in the US, but much less common elsewhere. This came as a shock when i started applying to programs in Canada.
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