I have decided to file another application to candidacy, this time, for a master's degree. Yup, even though I am registered as a Ph.D. student, I decided to apply for a master's degree as well. I am doing this to coincide with the filing of my qualifying paper.
Usually, when a master's student graduates in my department, at least, one completes 30 credit hours and do a comprehensive exam. Sometimes, if the student is bright or otherwise exceptional, the faculty would recommend this student write a master's thesis instead.
And the fact that I am almost done with my qualifying paper makes it a substitute for the comprehensive exam.
Now why am I getting a master's degree in addition to the Ph.D. degree that I am currently working on?
Well, I figured it wouldn't hurt to get a master's degree in passing. The thing is, I am almost done with my coursework; after next semester, I will have finished my 72 credit hours required for the Ph.D. and I would only have the dissertation to work on. But the thing is, funding is a huge issue. As much as the faculty would like me to hope that I would be funded beyond the four years that I am already funded, I would like to have more options available for me. Given this economic situation, I would not be careless and not have different options available. Thus, to increase the options available, I am getting a master's degree as well, to make it official. Who knows, I might need to go back to Manila and teach there while finishing my doctorate here? Or there might be other situations.
Anyway, sometimes I feel that I have been in school for a long time, that I itch to get out of it. Not that I hate academia, I like the atmosphere, but I want to be on the other side of it. I want to be the one grading, not the one being graded. Good thing I only have two more classes to work on, and that will be over this coming semester.