Is Age Just a Number for PhD Pursuit? A 35-Year Journey at UA

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In summary, Peter Smith recently earned his PhD in Optical Science from the University of Arizona, 35 years after receiving his masters degree. Despite taking a 30-year break from his studies, Smith was able to complete his advanced degree and serves as a reminder to never give up on your goals, no matter your age. Some may speculate that Smith took advantage of the ~8 year time limit for advanced degrees, but as a respectable school, it is unlikely that the University of Arizona would allow such a lengthy extension. Overall, Smith's achievement is impressive and serves as a reminder to not let age be a barrier to success.
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thanx
 
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Don't most (all respectable) schools have an ~8 year time to complete advanced degrees? I wonder if he just kept filing leave of absence forms for the last 35 yrs? :rolleyes:
 
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cmos said:
Don't most (all respectable) schools have an ~8 year time to complete advanced degrees? I wonder if he just kept filing leave of absence forms for the last 35 yrs? :rolleyes:

Well, since University of Arizona is a respectable school, I would presume the answer is no.
 
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cmos said:
Don't most (all respectable) schools have an ~8 year time to complete advanced degrees? I wonder if he just kept filing leave of absence forms for the last 35 yrs? :rolleyes:

Actually he took 30 years off from school. He wasn't working on his PhD for thirty years. That WOULD be crazy.
 
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LOL at whoever thought he was working on his PhD for 30 years, hahahaha imagine that--
A monstrous 100000 page thesis.
 

Related to Is Age Just a Number for PhD Pursuit? A 35-Year Journey at UA

1. Can someone be too old to earn a PhD?

No, there is no age limit for pursuing a PhD. As long as you meet the academic requirements and have the necessary qualifications, you can apply for a PhD program at any age.

2. Will it take longer for an older person to earn a PhD?

The length of time it takes to earn a PhD depends on various factors such as research topic, program requirements, and individual circumstances. While an older person may have other responsibilities and commitments, they can still complete a PhD within the same timeframe as younger students if they manage their time effectively.

3. Are there any disadvantages to earning a PhD at an older age?

There may be some challenges for older individuals pursuing a PhD, such as adapting to new technology or balancing other responsibilities. However, their life and work experience can also be an advantage in their research and studies.

4. Will employers value a PhD earned at an older age?

Employers value a PhD regardless of the age at which it was earned. The knowledge, skills, and dedication required to complete a PhD are highly valued in many industries and can open up new career opportunities for individuals of any age.

5. Is it possible to work while pursuing a PhD at an older age?

Yes, it is possible to work while pursuing a PhD at an older age. Many universities offer flexible options such as part-time studies or online programs, which can allow individuals to continue working while completing their degree. It may require good time management and balancing responsibilities, but it is achievable.

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