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Applying to PhD from MA at same school/same program (Advice?) 
18th-Mar-2013 11:19 pm
Hi all-Just wanted to get your opinions on a situation, if you don't mind: If you are in a MA program and want to continue and do the PhD there, and when it's time to apply for the PhD you decide to ask for letters of recommendations from your current professors who teach there, is it a bad idea to also ask them for letters for other schools too? Or will that look bad? Will it look like you're considering going elsewhere, when really you're just applying elsewhere as a back up plan just in case you don't get in (cause it's a competitive program and just cause you're a MA student doesn't mean you're automatically accepted into the PhD program)?

Or should you only ask the professors for letters for the current school, and if you don't get accepted, wait until the following year and ask them again and apply to other schools/back up schools, even though you'll have a whole year wasted? What do you all think?
19th-Mar-2013 08:11 am (UTC)
Ask them for all the letters you need at once. They will understand that you're not guaranteed admission at your school, and it will be much easier for them just to write one letter now.
19th-Mar-2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
Seconding this advice. Professors understand that most students will apply to multiple programs.
19th-Mar-2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yes yes this. You should *actually* be considering going elsewhere, not just for back-up purposes, unless your specialty is ridiculously specific and the current department you're in is the only place you can pursue your research.

My own department is never able to offer PhD admission to every MA student who applies internally and your profs will 100% expect you to apply to multiple programs.
23rd-Mar-2013 04:12 am (UTC)
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