Hey Everybody, I'm finishing up on a BGS degree at Fort Hays State University next Spring. It looks as though, with how many hours I will be taking, I'll be well over the 124 hour limit (which I know really has nothing to do with graduate school, etc). I'm looking at going on to a graduate program as early as next Fall (or possibly Summer) and ultimately want to hold a faculty position at a university. My ultimate goal is a PhD but I have many questions about the route that needs to be taken in order to satisfy my goals. One, should I earn a Master's degree or go straight to NCU and begin working on a Doctorate? How long is a Doctorate supposed to take, or does it vary depending on the student? The NCU website says that 30 hours of credit can be transferred into a PhD program at their university... I'm assuming that it must be in the discipline in which you will earn the PhD. But, is it possible to earn a Master's degree in an opposite subject, say Humanities... and then transfer in all those hours to a PhD in Business or Psychology? One fear that I have of starting a PhD program is that I could become stressed with the length and difficulty of the program only to leave without finishing (at which case I wouldn't even have a Master's degree). Or, should I simply begin and finish a Master's degree at NCU to ensure that a) I have a Master's and b) everything will obviously smoothly transfer into the other program? I'm hearing all kinds of philosophies on the length of the PhD as well. I'm hearing and average of two - three years to complete all the way up to eleven or twelve years. What can I expect?