Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide To Earning a Master's or a PH.D.

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Is graduate school right for you?

Should you get a master’s or a Ph.D.?

How can you choose the best possible school?

This classic guide helps students answer these vital questions and much more. It will also help graduate students finish in less time, for less money, and with less trouble.

Based on interviews with career counselors, graduate students, and professors, Getting ...

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Overview

Is graduate school right for you?

Should you get a master’s or a Ph.D.?

How can you choose the best possible school?

This classic guide helps students answer these vital questions and much more. It will also help graduate students finish in less time, for less money, and with less trouble.

Based on interviews with career counselors, graduate students, and professors, Getting What You Came For is packed with real-life experiences. It has all the advice a student will need not only to survive but to thrive in graduate school, including: instructions on applying to school and for financial aid; how to excel on qualifying exams; how to manage academic politics—including hostile professors; and how to write and defend a top-notch thesis. Most important, it shows you how to land a job when you graduate.

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“This is an excellent book. I don’t know how Robert Peters was able to assemble all this highly relevant and valuable information after only one pass through the system known as graduate school, but he has produced a definitive piece of work.” – Dr. Gene Woodruff, Dean of the Graduate School, University of Washington, Seattle, President of the Association of Graduate Schools, Chairman of the GRE Board

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374524777
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/11/1997
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 219,386
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

1 This Book Can Help (and You Probably Need It!) 1
2 What Is Graduate School Like? 5
3 Do You Need to Go? 8
4 Should You Work First? 23
5 Choosing a School: The Thesis Adviser 28
6 Choosing a School: Secondary Aspects 48
7 Application and Admission 57
8 Improving Your Credentials for Admission 73
9 Financial Aid 89
10 The Master's Degree: History and Hurdles 111
11 The Doctorate: History and Hurdles 118
12 Managing Yourself 124
13 Playing Politics: Building a Reputation 141
14 Master's Comprehensive and Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations 152
15 Choosing and Managing Your Thesis Committee 159
16 The Thesis Topic: Finding It 175
17 The Thesis Proposal 191
18 The Thesis: Writing It 208
19 The Thesis Defense 236
20 Oral Presentations: The Key to Being a Star 248
21 Dealing with Stress and Depression 266
22 The Social Milieu 279
23 Swimming with the Mainstream: Returning Students, Women, Minorities, and Foreign Students 286
24 Bringing It All Together: The Job 319
App. A Buying Your Computer and Software 359
App. B Useful Internet Addresses 379
Bibliography 383
Index 387
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2007

    Great Book!

    I was working in a furtune 500 company, but not happy with my career. I had considered going to grad school to earn my Master's and then teach. I could relate to the information in the book so much that I did return to grad school and now have a happy and successful college teaching career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2004

    Great if you are applying or already there

    The first half of the book tells about choosing and applying to graduate school. The second half focuses on organizing your research and writing the thesis. Since I am not writing my graduate thesis at the moment, I only skimmed this part. It holds great advise for anyone who can't seem to get a straight answer to their questions from real people. A great investment if you are considering this life path. I personally enjoyed the fact the author comes from a science background since I am a science undergrad. Scientific academia can be so different from all other disciplines at times, but the author makes distinctions when needed between fields. Don't let his background scare you off.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2003

    A terrific book to start the graduate school process

    I found this book to be incredibly helpful to me as I begin the very difficult and intimidating process of choosing to go on for graduate study, at either the masters or doctoral level. Because Dr. Peters' expertise is in the sciences, I did have some trouble relating his experience with my own, in the humanities, especially in my subspecialty, Theatre. However, he does a very good job of consistently relating whatever advice and experience he had in his time at Stanford, to what one may expect in any discipline, as far as logistics and rules of the process go. A great guide.

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