I have a question about how people apply to doctoral programs while they are in a master's program without taking a year or more off. Cause let's say you're in a 1 year master's program that begins in September. And most PhD apps are due December 1. You can't possibly ask your professors who you've barely gotten to know in a couple of months, and probably barely even submitted anything to get graded, to write you a letter of recommendation for those applications, right? And furthermore, you can't really write much about your master's degree experience or thesis in your SOP since you only just started your degree? So basically, I guess my question is, if you're doing a 1-year MA do most people apply the following year & take a gap year (a year wasted)? Or am I missing something here. Cause the only other thing I thought about was to get undergrad profs to write the LORs, but I don't think they would like it if you're in a MA program-that would look weird, right or no?