Mar 9, 2009, 2:58 PM
Post #903 of 2092
The two Mizzou fiction writers who are currently MA students and staying on for the PhD are students who are *really* strong writers. Mizzou is one of those schools that has completely different consideration for who to let in for master's (people whose writing shows potential) and then for PhD (writing that shows achievement and still room for the mentorship that comes with a dissertation director relationship, writing that shows enough strength and artistry to gain serious publications, academic promise for a student to carry a serious scholarly component along with the creative, and overall promise that this is a writer-scholar who can do very well in passing comps, writing academic stuff as well as creative, etc.).
While it is true that the two fiction writers who were accepted are certainly 'known quantities' to the fiction professors, they are not necessarily known quantities to the entire admissions committee. And ultimately, they are people who submitted stories and academic writing samples that, a year and a half after entering a master's program, had to show significant achievement instead of promise. And had to be the ones who shows the MOST achievement of an entire bunch of applications.
Granted, I say this as a current first year PhD student at Mizzou. But I also say this as someone who knows a bit about admissions here, who went through my own application process, and who was in the same nail-biting situation of awaiting responses just over a year ago. I have a pretty good sense, at least so far, of the pros and cons of my university and my program to be objective enough while still maintaining my loyalty to my program and my very sincere enthusiasm to *still* be here.