A doctoral program proposed at Georgetown University includes preparation for nonacademic careers. But critics say it would cheapen the degree.
Adjuncts and graduate students say a recent report on the Ph.D. in language and literature paid too little attention to conditions for those working off the tenure track.
Humanities scholars at Duke University respond to graduate-school money woes by pooling their stipends.
Getting a Job
Javier Jiménez is one of the lucky ones. He came to the convention with an offer in hand. Still, much is at stake for job seekers at this life-changing event.
Many disciplines aren't celebrating yet, however.
- It's a Buyer's Market for Colleges Hiring Junior Faculty
- Academic Job Hunters: Don't Sell Yourself Short, Even Now
- Master's in English: Will Mow Lawns
Students in professional programs at private, nonprofit institutions received the most in grants and loans: an annual average of $36,200, a study found.
As the job market stagnates, some recent Ph.D.'s find hope in supportive postdoctoral programs, many backed by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- Graduate Student Debt Matters
- Without Summer Jobs, Some Adjuncts Must Fight for Unemployment Benefits
- In Debt to Your Degree
Advice From the Archives
A master’s student who is thinking about seeking a doctorate asks, "Shouldn’t I do what I do best?"
Six key lessons to help master's and doctoral students thrive in their first year.
What to expect when you’re asked to write an external letter of recommendation, or when you’re the subject of one.