PhD, etc outside the US
kcudding at uoguelph.ca
Mon Feb 19 10:47:51 EST 1996
Janet Joy (jjoy at nas.edu) wrote:
: After listening to the US-Brit-NZ comments, I thought I'd throw in the
: Canadian perspective. I did my undergrad years in the U.S. at a
: research-intensive Big10 university, then went to Canada to do my PhD at
: a similar size research-intensive university. When I got there I was
: astonished to find most graduate students working 9-to-6. I then did two
Hmmm, well, I've attended 3 Canadian universities and I've never seen
anything like 9-6 hours. However, I'm in ecology so maybe it varies across
disciplines. My last supervisor (MSc) expected at least 8-8, 6 days a week,
and I often worked till midnight.
Here's another cross-cultural difference. In my discipline, the MSc is a
research degree. I wrote and defended a 150 page thesis while doing course
work. I then entered a PhD program that is entirely research oriented (no
course work) although I also have to assist in the teaching of classes.
What is the status of the MSc in the US? I'm under the impression that it
is a "consolation prize" for those that don't obtain their PhD.
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