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Finally getting that Ph.D

  1. Mar 22, 2005 #1
    Well... How long did it take any of you guys to get your Ph.D. or even M.S. in Physics or Mathematics?

    As of right now, I am double majoring in physics and math and will get a B.S. in physics and B.A. in math by next year, totalling 3 years. I'm just wondering how much more time I would need to dedicate to get the higher degrees.

    Also... is it recommended to attempt getting both a physics and math masters' degree at the same time...? The reason I ask is because the two subject have so much correlation to each other so it would not be too difficult to sustain both subjects.
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  3. Mar 22, 2005 #2


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    1)My professors' concensus is that after BS, theoretical physicists take 6-7 years for their PhD and 7-8 for experimentalists.

    2) Very recommended i bet
  4. Mar 22, 2005 #3
    in canada anyway, after you get your BS & want to become a master of it, i think they usually give you 2 years. some schools have a 1-year program geared for people who want to get the Piled Higher & Deeper, & it's more like a 5th-year of the BS than actually becoming a master of the BS. that's for math anyway. i think getting it piled higher & deeper takes ~3 years on top of that at most schools.
  5. Mar 22, 2005 #4


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    I ain't got my PhD yet. :biggrin:
  6. Mar 23, 2005 #5


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    administrative note: I'm moving this from General Discussion to Academic & Career Guidance
  7. Mar 23, 2005 #6


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    There's a PhD in Janitorial Science??!!

    <ZapperZ runs and hides from Janitor>

  8. Mar 23, 2005 #7
    About M.Sc in Physics, it depends on the instution. Most UK universities offer one-year programs after finishing a 3-year B.Sc course.
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