Today I talked with two recent UVA Phd Grads (last 10 years) who work as Professors at my school. One told me to take UVA, one told me to go to Tech.
Originally Posted by Piato
I have an MA in English from Georgetown, and my experience there convinced me not to pursue the PhD. English faculty are surprisingly hostile towards research that does not focus on race, religion, gender, or smooshy areas like the "history of the book." I realized too late that I should have worked in social science and you may have a related experience. Choose B and be glad that you will not fall into additional debt. Incidentally, I've heard nothing but bad things about UVA's English Dept. Specifically that there is little support from faculty or fellow PhD candidates, who are secretive and nastily competitive. It was once described to me as a "snake pit" by a recent UCLA PhD (ca 2004).
I've also heard mixed things about UVA. I've heard that the MA program is just a cash cow and there's a definite hostility. I've also heard that the program is a great step stopping to a top PHD program and a wonderful experience.
Originally Posted by Souper
Gonna dissent here, but my opinion doesn't matter because it was for undergrad. Still, this is styleforum so I am entitled to voice my opinion on everything and everything regardless. I had a choice between a fully funded program (actually, getting a stipend on top of full tuition) and my dream school with awesome career placement for my chosen field, with practically no funding. At the time, the yearly tuition was just about equal to my parent's yearly income. I went with my dream school and landed in the career path I wanted. I absolutely do not regret it one bit, and the name brand of the school was amazing for networking. I will have far far more doors open for for the early part of my career as a direct result of my school choice. The fact that I felt like I was working to make the tuition worth it probably pushed me to succeed. If your "plan" changes, which degree would you want to fall back on?
Without a doubt, having UVA on any diploma would help a lot, especially in Virginia. At the same time Tech isn't too shabby either.