A PhD without a masters degree
It is viable to go straight for a PhD, and there are pros and cons.
Pros of going straight for a PhD
- Less time spent (about two years?).
- Don’t have to go through the process of defending your Masters thesis
- Your resume would tell an interested and somewhat unusual story
Cons of going straight for a PhD
- Someone I know who went through the PhD program talked about the competitiveness of academia and how students in a program have to work together. Being the less experienced person in the group may be tough, perhaps initially
- Masters can be a good preparatory experience for PhD candidates. There are going to be alot of reading and writing at a certain proficiency level, and going straight from undergrad can be overwhelming
- More experienced students (with a stronger network in academia) may be able to find summer jobs easier and get better support from the faculty