Mar 27, 2010, 1:42 AM
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Re: [InkblotJo] UIC PhD vs PSU MFA
I've never posted on these boards before, so I'm hoping that this is the right place for this. I'm having a really hard time making my final decision, and I'd like any input people can offer. Does anyone have an opinion on the creative writing PhD vs the MFA? I'm currently torn between the UIC PhD program and an MFA from Penn State. By a very lucky miracle, I'm fortunate enough to be funded by the Javits fellowship, so money's not as big an issue (though I do still have to negotiate with the financial aid offices of both schools). I still have yet to hear from a few schools, but because the Javits deadline is fast-approaching (April 5) I need to make up my mind soon. I feel like Penn State might have better/bigger reputation, but is there any advantage to having a PhD instead of an MFA? I'm about to visit Penn State this coming week, but I won't have time to see Chicago before I have to make the final call. Really, any input would be so absolutely welcome. Thanks.
I guess you're pretty young. I saw UIC admit young BAs directly into their PhD program. It all depends on what you want to do with your life. If you look deep inside you, you already have the answer. For example, if you plan to go to law school or get an MBA later, getting an MFA makes sense, but if you're really serious about getting a teaching job, you should go the PhD route. If you are not sure about either of these, your safe bet is to get into an MFA program, which might give you more free time to think about your future and prepare for standardized tests like the LSAT or the GRE Subject--if you want to go to law school or apply to top lit programs later, because PhD work is more demanding and rigorous and generally demands a lot more commitment. If you're young and just want to have a good time for a few years, go the MFA route. Regarding reputation, neither program is better than the other, or considered as a top program, both probably in the mid-tier.
(This post was edited by Coconut Joe on Mar 27, 2010, 1:45 AM)