how to get a phd

Apply for departmental grants or additional appointments

How to Get a PhD

A PhD, short for Doctor of Philosophy, may help you secure a position as a college or university pro
Apply for departmental grants or additional appointments

Many PhD programs will fully fund every student admitted into the program, through some combination of teaching responsibilities or research assistance completed in conjunction with the coursework. Full funding means that any tuition fees will be waived, and youll be awarded a stipend to cover your living expenses, anywhere between $13,000 and $30,000, depending on the location of the school and the nature of the program. Other programs assist students on a casebycase level, meaning that youll need to take funding into your own hands and make sure that your place in the department is financially secure.


Take the Graduate Record Examinations General or subject test
In the sciences
Consider crowd funding options
Make contacts in your field
Avoid petty competition and departmental rivalry
The names and signatures of your committee members
Assemble your application packets and submit them by the deadline
In the hard sciences
Submit a plan of study
Start researching graduate programs in your junior year
Secure letters of recommendation from people familiar with your work
Develop a close relationship with at least one faculty member
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