Pre-PhD Program Coursework


A student writes in with a question:

I’m a student in my first semester at a terminal masters program, and as an undergraduate I mostly took courses outside of value theory. Would it help my application to a PhD program if I branched out and took a wide range of classes or should I double down and stick with the fields I enjoy?

More generally, to what extent does the breadth of an applicant’s coursework matter to PhD program admissions committees? What does an ideal pre-PhD curriculum look like? If given the choice, should MA students go for depth or breadth?

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