Now, I’m still a bit reluctant to proffer this last recommendation, for a few reasons. First, a terminal master’s ain’t cheap. This means accruing a decent amount of debt and then going to graduate school for a few more years and then, if you’re lucky, getting a job that won’t help all that much in paying down your debt. Second, this approach takes at least two years to execute. You can’t apply to a . program in your first year of an . program, because applications need to be in by January and your master’s program profs won’t know you well enough to draft good letters (that’s why a two-year program is superior). Furthermore, as crazy as this sounds, for most . programs, your . coursework won’t count – you’ll often need to do a certain number of course requirements (it does help intellectually, however). And with all of this, there’s still no guarantee you get accepted.