I am currently working as an actuary, and am currently applying for (in my opinion, a decent) online M.S. Statistics program so that I can continue working in the actuarial position.

My intention is, if I do get accepted to the M.S. Statistics program, to pursue a Ph.D. after finishing the program.

Is it possible for me to continue my job while in a Ph.D. program? Does anyone here have a similar experience dealing with the conflict between pursuing a Ph.D. and working a full-time position? Do I have to choose just one of them?

[I apologize if this is a duplicate.]

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    Does Is it possible to work full time and complete a PhD? address your question? If not, please edit your post to highlight the difference. – ff524 Dec 31 '14 at 4:07
  • @ff524 - Yes, it does address my question. – Clarinetist Dec 31 '14 at 4:07
  • OK then, I've marked this as a duplicate. Glad we were able to find your answer so quickly :) – ff524 Dec 31 '14 at 4:09
  • Why not go straight into a PhD program? If you're interested in research an M.S. isn't going to get you there, but going full on into a PhD will and you may even get an M.S. along the way. Just a thought. – Amstell Dec 31 '14 at 7:08
  • @Amstell - I can't afford to drop my full-time position and pursue a Ph.D. [I would definitely not be able to pay the rent here, for example], and I would like to finish the actuarial education requirements since I'm already very far into them. – Clarinetist Dec 31 '14 at 13:41

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