So what’s the deal with the M.Phil. degree? Is it just something that some schools offer for their “ABD” doctoral candidates on their way to the Ph.D? Does anyone pursue an M.Phil. with no intention of going for the doctorate? Is it something that is more or less popular in particular academic fields? I’m curious about this type of degree because it seems like it is more than an M.A. or M.S. but less than the Ph.D., and I am not sure why it is not as popular as it could otherwise be.