I've wanted to do a similar piece to this *excellent* WSJ piece on financially & psychologically exploitative Master's programs for some time; I do wish they'd focused on even more programs

The numbers are higher at Columbia, but the scam — and yes, I think it's a scam — is the same at so many schools, public, private, Ivy, for-profit. Master's programs are *massive* money makers
If the people running these programs don't know that they're exploitative, they're telling themselves very complex stories as to why they're not. In 99% of cases, an MA in Cinema Studies, or English, or "Liberal Arts" does nothing for your job prospects. It only gives you debt.
And the program that everyone whispers about as the most exploitative of students with nebulous grad school dreams isn't mentioned. Ugh, I think I have to write about this, thank you WSJ for the kick in the pants
If you were recruited by or participated in an MA, MFA, or other Master's Program that, in hindsight, was operating in a predatory manner as described above — no matter the school or discipline — I'd love to hear more. Email in bio; put 'grad school' in the subject line
There's a lot of rhetorical gymnastics that programs use in order to convince students & faculty that they're not predatory. But a terminal MA with no funding, no funnel into the industry, & graduates end up huge debt but rarely working in their field? Predatory.
A program that specifically targets people who didn't get into a Humanities PhD at their school, or med school, or law school, with no funding, massive debt load, and vague promises that it'll make them a better candidate? Predatory
A few examples of predatory programs dressed up in prestige:
Masters in "Medical Sciences"
The Notorious
If you're paywalled out of the WSJ article, News Corp has chosen to reprint it in its entirety on Fox Business:


• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Anne Helen Petersen

Anne Helen Petersen Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @annehelen

17 Jun
Steve (the dog) loves every human he encounters.

Except the speed walker.
Earlier this year Steve was fetching the ball in the field where people go to throw the ball for their dogs. The speedwalker was cutting across the field, and Steve ran up to her to give her his ball.

She yelled at him and started windmilling her arms.
(Caveat that I know some people are scared of dogs who are off-leash, but this is a known dog-ball-throw field, and she was cutting across it)
Read 4 tweets
16 Jun
Slack's Remote Employee Experience Index has been surveying 10k+ employees in 6 countries over the course of the pandemic; tons of really interesting insights — like the fact that 21% are currently looking for a new job:

93% of employees want freedom to set their own schedule/a non-linear workday:

Asian, Black, and Hispanic workers have higher senses of belonging when working remotely (and v. high percentages want flexible working futures) Image
Read 4 tweets
16 Jun
Watched RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK for the first time since childhood and whew, the orientalism in this movie, but also completely blown away by how much it operates like a Douglas Fairbanks silent pic
Just remembered that this, along with the rest of the trilogy, was one of the first VHS movies my family ever owned — obtained through a detail at McDonald's (!) where you got each copy for like $5 (?) with purchase of a combo meal
The McDonald's VHS sales trend is so fascinating, in hindsight — a way to make a visit "special" but also helped popularize/normalize VHS ownership.

In 1992, McDonald's was the third largest seller of VHS tapes in the country—beating out Blockbuster:

Read 6 tweets
15 Jun
I am so excited to be working with @curioio to provide audio versions of my newsletter. You can find an audio version of the latest, The Back to the Office Maximum, here:

They've also started recording some of the back catalog, including my interview with LaTonya Yvette:

Just Because Your Early Career Was Hell Doesn't Mean Others' Has To Be:

Read 5 tweets
27 May
Muscle Milk, The Rock, Creatine, Brad Pitt's Abs, Men's Health, Ripped Tobey Maguire, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — here's food & gender scholar @EmilyContois on the suffocating image of swole that surrounded young Gen-X and millennial men:

"Teen girlhood is a site of constant contradictions. It’s celebrated and derided, sexualized and overprotected. But teen boyhood barely exists. It’s viewed as a life chapter to rush through in order to reach manhood, the stage that matters."

I thought there were a lot of "how to get Britney's abs" articles, but they're nothing compared to "how to get Brad Pitt's abs" in men's mags. People are STILL WRITING THEM.
Read 4 tweets
24 May
Have never subscribed to a newsletter faster than @sarahlovescali's

If that line from my own newsletter about "the idea of how I could have lived if I had allowed myself to just weigh what I weighed" smacked you in the face, then you, too, should subscribe to @sarahlovescali
Or if you a cried a big puddle under your chair reading The Bridge Dog

Read 4 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!