Getting What You Came For The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D.

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-04-11
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Is graduate school right for you? Should you get a master's 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 Foris 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 politicsincluding 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.

Table of Contents

This Book Can Help (and You Probably Need It!)p. 1
What Is Graduate School Like?p. 5
Do You Need to Go?p. 8
Should You Work First?p. 23
Choosing a School: The Thesis Adviserp. 28
Choosing a School: Secondary Aspectsp. 48
Application and Admissionp. 57
Improving Your Credentials for Admissionp. 73
Financial Aidp. 89
The Master's Degree: History and Hurdlesp. 111
The Doctorate: History and Hurdlesp. 118
Managing Yourselfp. 124
Playing Politics: Building a Reputationp. 141
Master's Comprehensive and Ph.D. Qualifying Examinationsp. 152
Choosing and Managing Your Thesis Committeep. 159
The Thesis Topic: Finding Itp. 175
The Thesis Proposalp. 191
The Thesis: Writing Itp. 208
The Thesis Defensep. 236
Oral Presentations: The Key to Being a Starp. 248
Dealing with Stress and Depressionp. 266
The Social Milieup. 279
Swimming with the Mainstream: Returning Students, Women, Minorities, and Foreign Studentsp. 286
Bringing It All Together: The Jobp. 319
Buying Your Computer and Softwarep. 359
Useful Internet Addressesp. 379
Bibliographyp. 383
Indexp. 387
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