So I eventually want to be a professor, and will want a PhD for this. In my field at least, it is possible to teach with just a masters, but the pay isn't nearly as good. Plus I find the concept of conducting research interesting (although I'm sure I'll be biting my tongue on that one when/if I get through it).
My questions to anyone here who holds a PhD or knows a lot about the process are...
- How difficult is it to get accepted into a PhD program? (obviously depends on the program, but as a general rule compared to getting into an undergraduate program)
- Is there anything that you wish you had started on before you actually started the program? In other words, is there anything I should be preparing for now to make life easier down the road? If you happen to hold a PhD in computer science or a related field, are there any topics which I should be sure to keep in the back of my mind?
- What is the general process for research? How do you generally go about getting funding / people to help you? How likely is it that whoever reviews your research at the end will say it's good enough (or another way of saying it: How often does your work tend to be rejected after the process is over?)
- What are the courses at the PhD level like compared to courses at the Masters level? Are there still requirements to take that don't have to do with your focus of study?
I doubt I'll be getting many (if any) replies here, but figured I might as well ask. I've read up on the process online a bit, but nothing beats getting information from someone who's been through it. Any information would be appreciated!