Re: Re: What are useful for a phd?

From: Philip Goetz (
Date: Wed Dec 06 2006 - 13:52:48 MST

On 12/6/06, Joshua Fox <> wrote:
> > Some universities offer interdisciplinary build-your-own PhD programs,
> Any decent professor should let you build your own PhD, as long as it is
> roughly associated with the adviser's field. Yes, even university professors
> (the good ones) have a love of creativity and exploration!

Danger, Will Robinson!

A build-your-own PhD may result in an advisor who doesn't understand
or care about your dissertation, and thus has no way of deciding when
you are "done".

Find a professor who has a grant, and a problem for you to work on.
Work on it and graduate.
Better yet, get an MS, get a job, be given a real problem to work on,
and use it for your dissertation.

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