There's still a few weeks of summer left, but I suppose it's time for jobless hopefuls to gear up for the job market. I'm afraid that this year will be just as bad as last. Anyway, a few students have already asked me about time to degree. How long is too long to be in graduate school? How long is too long to have been ABD?
My position has been that more than seven years overall in grad school may look odd, but is not a deal-breaker if the work looks good. However, anything over two years as ABD is bad, something which recommendation letters must address directly and in detail. Any views?