View Poll Results: I have completed the following formal educations

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  • None or very little

    3 3.53%
  • Attended school, but did not graduate

    1 1.18%
  • GED or graduated from high school

    19 22.35%
  • Some college

    18 21.18%
  • 2 year college degree

    17 20.00%
  • 4 year college degree

    32 37.65%
  • formal education based technical degree/certification

    16 18.82%
  • Military or other past-high school degree

    12 14.12%
  • Lawyer, doctor, other high education degree

    5 5.88%
  • Masters/PhD

    27 31.76%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    Math dissertations are so crazy. The titles are like gibberish and the content like sanskrit. Fascinating though at the same time. I remember when I took just basic Calc I in college (even though I had tested out of it) and I started having crazy dreams about math half way through the semester.

    I ended up acing the class but it required serious effort. It was the last class I ever took that both challenged and motivated me. My biggest educational regret was that I allowed myself to be scared away from engineering, math, science, and stats as majors.
    The master's thesis was a lot easier than the PhD dissertation, primarily because it's like a 50-page book report. OTOH, the dissertation has to be research with results nobody else has obtained. With a full-time job while I was working on my dissertation, the research alone took three years.

    Looking back, would you choose one of those technical fields? If so, which and why?
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    Re: What is your level of formal education?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    The master's thesis was a lot easier than the PhD dissertation, primarily because it's like a 50-page book report. OTOH, the dissertation has to be research with results nobody else has obtained. With a full-time job while I was working on my dissertation, the research alone took three years.
    Jeebus. It seems pretty obvious to me that doctoral dissertation research was essentially just the attempt to create real knowledge. What has always kind of turned me off about PhDs was my impression that unless you can make a groundbreaking discovery, you'll end up cornered into hyper-specificity and the reason no one else had ever come up with that knowledge is because frankly no one cares.

    Looking back, would you choose one of those technical fields? If so, which and why?
    Probably mechanical engineering because I'm noticing especially the older I get how absorbed I am by how things actually work, or maybe industrial engineering because I just love being a job-killer. Ahem, I mean, I am naturally drawn toward eliminating inefficiency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    Not really "the same prestige"...unless maybe amongst other "fine arts" people; but not the general public. A doctorate entitles the person to use the title "Doctor," do holders of MFA's call themselves doctors too?
    Yes, they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    Yes, they do.
    Please show me some link proving that. I've never heard of any person with a Master's degree being authorized to use the title Doctor.

    P.S. ...and after searching the net I still can't FIND any indication that an MFA grants the recipient the right to the title "Doctor."
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    You can't Google?

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    Master's: writing and pedagogy.

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    Re: What is your level of formal education?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aderleth View Post
    There are lots of terminal degrees, and they're not all treated equally in terms if prestige. MD's, JD's, MFA's and PhD's all get treated differently in society.
    JD's are not considered terminal degrees. LLM's are above them

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