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PhD Careers

Many MALS students want to pursue doctoral studies and teach on the college level. While an terminal MA degree may allow one to teach at the community-college level, most four-year institutions require instructors to hold a completed Ph.D.

Each year in conjunction with the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, the MA in Liberal Studies Program holds two panels about why and how to apply for Ph.D. programs. The fall panel focuses on the logistics of applying to Ph.D. programs, and reviews topics such as requesting letters of reference, writing your personal statement, and revising your writing samples. The spring panel considers the existential question of why to apply for a Ph.D. and how students made that transition from a master’s program to a Ph.D. program. Current GC Faculty and MALS alumni, who are now in Ph.D. programs, discuss doctoral studies and their own experiences on this panel.

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