November 28, 2010
Master's in English: Will Mow Lawns
Most programs don't say where graduates get jobs, and future Ph.D.'s don't demand the data
Lyle Stafford for The Chronicle
When a group of prospective graduate students visited the physics department at the University of Washington during a recruiting weekend last spring, they asked lots of questions about their lives as doctoral students. But none of them seemed very interested, the department's chairman says, in how recent Ph.D.'s fared after graduate school—on the job market.
"I don't think I ever encountered a question about that," says Blayne Heckel, the chairman. "These students want