I spoke to a friend who is a professor at NYU. She teaches food studies, and has her PhD in history. (we went to culinary school together). I specifically talked to her about my master degree plans. She asked if I thought about a PhD, I explained that being double digit years away- and that I really hadn't given it much thought. She suggested skipping a masters and going right into a PhD program. I was caught off guard, because I always thought the typical road was to build on the masters first. She indicated that the felt a masters might be a waste of money, especially if I intended to complete it online, which is not taken seriously. (let me add, that I "get" that the top tier of the college pyramid is till quite a bit snobby and most of the old guard are not aware at just how much impact online education is making as a whole. Harvard has online degrees- the dominoes are falling and there really is no going back..... but, I don't really agree or disagree with her assessment. I can only say that I am not aiming to teach in the top tier of the higher education pyramid- so the point is moot.) I think for me, a PhD is out of the question, since I can only attend school part time (and on line)..... but what do you guys think about this subject in general? Who here skipped the masters? Why? For those who have a masters and PhD, what do you think about the whole suggestion?