I went to a non-PhD awarding university for my CS master's degree applied to the medical field. I treated the research very seriously and tackled multiple existing problems and original research. My thesis ended up being around 100 pages of high-quality content. I also have 3 technical peer-reviewed publications from the work and 5 medical peer-reviewed publications from the work. In my undergrad, I also had an additional 5 publications (although only loosely related to work or not at all). Additionally, I performed so well in my masters that they made an exception for me to teach as a full adjunct professor instead of a teaching assistant while I was still in the last year of my master's program (despite the master's degree being a requirement for adjuncts at the university). My students got higher scores on their final common exam than all other permanent professors.
This brings me to some questions:
- Given my research experience, teaching experience, and publications, how would this impact a potential PhD thesis?
- If I did a PhD, how long should it take to complete?
- Could my experience have awarded me a PhD if I went to a PhD-awarding university?