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From:dreadpirateange
Date:February 2nd, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
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This-- in my program, half came in with MAs and half did not. If your undergrad GPA was quite high, and you have some other nice CV boosters that are history-related, you can apply directly to PhD programmes that grant MAs along the way. If you do not feel competitive enough, you may want to do an MA to show how serious you are about it. However, know that fully funded PhDs are offered at most top tier and upper second tier schools, while a fully funded MA is elusive.

Definitely don't go into debt for a history PhD. Also don't do a history PhD unless grad school in and of itself sounds like something fun you would like to do, becuase the degree comes with no guarantees.
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