Master's in English: Will Mow Lawns

Most programs don't say where graduates get jobs, and future Ph.D.'s don't demand the data

Lyle Stafford for The Chronicle

James Mulvey, who has a master's degree in English, abandoned his lifelong dream of getting a Ph.D. and becoming an English professor after taking a hard look at the job market. He now works as a landscaper and a technical writer in British Columbia.
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When a group of prospective graduate students visited the physics department at the University of Washington during a recruiting weekend last spring, they asked lots of questions about their lives as doctoral students. But none of them seemed very...

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