What is it like to be a PhD student in America?

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Florida Atlantic University

Licensed under Creative Commons. In courtesy of leogin.

This interview is with a Turkish PhD student named Selen, who is studying Marketing in Florida.  She has completed her first two years and this interview gives an inside view about what a student goes through during a PhD program. It is very relevant if you are thinking about a PhD in business, but much of her experience applies to other fields as well. She provides answers to the following questions and more:

  • What was the first year like?
  • What is different in the 2nd year?
  • Compare interaction with professors in year 1 with interaction in year 2…
  • What are the differences in coursework between the 1st and 2nd year?
  • What is the weekly time commitment in and out of class?
  • Describe your Research Assistant duties.
  • Describe the differences in assistantship duties between year 1 and year 2…
  • What is the next phase of a PhD program like?
  • Typical PhD timeline of courses
  • How will faculty advisor interaction change during the dissertation phase?
  • Does the RA position continue into the dissertation phase?
  • What kind of courses will you teach as a Teaching Assistant?
  • How long will it take to complete the dissertation for a PhD in business?
  • What kind of surprises should prospective students be aware of when considering different PhD programs?
  • What else should applicants know about deciding to apply for a PhD?

At the end of the interview she says some nice things about American Advisors, which we appreciate and thank her for.