Hi all, thanks for reading.
I'm graduating from a fairly well-known University in the US this fall, either can continue in through the BA/MA program into the MA General Linguistics here next Spring, or to wait and apply to programs for Fall 2017. My BA degree is in Comparative Literature and Spanish Linguistics. I'd like to solicit your thoughts on a few things.
Some background information:
+ If I get into the MA, I will have funding for the MA (through a 3rd party scholarship), but it doesn't cover living expenses.
+ I have a very good shot at the MA as it's designed for students in the school. (I've spoken with the faculty about this.)
+ It seems like a lot of MA/PhD programs in Linguistics provide living stipends and also guarantee teaching experience.
+ It seems like a lot of MA/PhD programs don't accept a lot of transfer classes. I don't want to have to redo my MA, if I decide to continue on in a MA/PhD program.
+ If I do continue into the MA program at my school, I can start next Spring and finish next year. The faculty in my subfield are good, and I will have some solid research and a masters. My school's Linguistics program is respected and known by other Universities.
+ However, I may be better suited towards a Hispanic Linguistics PhD, rather than a Linguistics PhD, as I speak Spanish and Portuguese, and my research focuses on language contact in Latin America.
+ I'm also considering doing something else first (such as teaching English abroad), maybe this is a better use of time. However, if I do this, I forfeit my chance to continue in the BA/MA program. It's a great opportunity and I don't want to squander it :)
Will getting a Hispanic Linguistics PhD limit me on the job market later, compared to a general Linguistics PhD? Should I get the research experience now with the MA, to strengthen my resume, or is the MA a waste of time? I don't have student debt right now, and am trying to remain as such. Also, the MA degree allows me to change my mind later if I would like... is that reason enough to get the MA separate from the PhD? Whew, sorry for the long post. Any thoughts and advice is appreciated! <3