Types of programs and degrees: Be sure to know what types of degrees and programs are out there, and where.
- Programs: full-residency and low-residency (MA, MAT, MFA, PhD)
- Degrees: MA, MFA, PhD. For the most part, MFAs and PhDs qualify one for a tenure-track position at a college or university, where tenure refers to the status that a professor attains when her/his appointment is secure rather than provisional. Those holding MAs often teach at colleges and universities as well, and their positions may be full-time, continuing, and supplemented with benefits.