why is a PhD usually structured to take about six years? Are there ever shortcuts to take less time?

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Was talking to some friends about pursuing a PhD and some got turned off after learning it is 6 years because they say it would be exchanging the best years of your working life for someone that may not even guarantee a job you want

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It depends on your field. In mine 4 is common, 5 is likely, and 6 means you’re taking too long (including the 1-2 years it takes to get your MS).

I took 6 years and was the last of my class to finish. Got lonely at the end when students I had TAed were finishing before me, haha.

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