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Rabbit Run

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    Ph.D. Theology/Ethics

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  1. It did help me tailor my applications to a few schools a bit better and it made me realize I didn't want to bother applying to one program.
  2. The main advantage to visiting isn't that it will improve your chances of admission (as others have noted), but more your own benefit, in helping you get a sense of the program and the culture of the department or whether this is a place you actually want to live in. Can help you narrow down schools a bit in that sense.
  3. I taught myself some of the basic skills, but had to untrained myself a bit because it was negatively affecting my comprehension.
  4. Read your professors's books so you have a leg up on understanding them better in seminars, what their project is, and how you can put your interests in conversation.
  5. Would echo this, albeit in a different key perhaps. I see a lot of people challenging certain genealogies that have become dominant in ethics/theology (i.e. the narratives of MacIntyre, Milbank, and Charles Taylor) through studies of figures/areas left out of these narratives. For instance, theres been more work on virtue theory in the 17th and 18th centuries, challenging the sort of declension narrative the above named authors can tell.
  6. I'd take Marquette at least for the funding and the strength in your period (not to say Wheaton isn't strong in early Church, which it is). Going to Marquette might, I take it, plug you in easier to the schools that do really well at historical theology/church history which are often Catholic (Notre Dame, Boston College etc.)
  7. Certainly, and I should add that my friend's experience is anecdotal and likely colored by embellishment over the years; so take it with a grain of salt. Likely was an honest mistake on Union's part.
  8. I mean there was an acceptance, then a "hey are you coming here?" (to which the reply was, "well I need to hear from other schools...") then a "oh we made a mistake" followed by waitlisting.
  9. Not surprised, had a friend years ago who was provisionally accepted and then rejected (maybe waitlisted) from Union in a weird confusion/turn of events
  10. Overall Chicago's reputation in terms of academic rigor is the same as YDS or HDS in my opinion. A degree from Chicago, HDS, or Yale will put you in the same place, although this may vary by field (for instance, I take it that YDS is best of the three in Biblical Studies, whereas Chicago might be better in Philosophy of Religion). The M.Div program at Chicago is quite small and they're more focused on the MA program and academic preparation rather than training ministers/non-profit workers. Yale has a pretty robust M.Div program as well as a strong MAR programs, so theres more of a balance between professional and and academic pursuits. I take it Yale is a more explicitly Christian environment than HDS or Chicago: YDS is officially unaffiliated with a denomination and is very ecumenical, but has something of a connection to the Episcopal Church through the Berkeley School of Theology. Chicago and Harvard have more of an inter-religious environment (more so with HDS than Chicago I take it). I think you've mentioned being in Ethics on these forums before. All three schools would be excellent in that regard; in my program I know people with degrees from all three schools. My pick might of the three would YDS for Ethics, however you can't go wrong with any of the three and the decision has to take into account funding and your particular interests.
  11. Begins immediately but it speeds up the closer to April 15 as people who may be accepted one place wait to hear back from waitlists/schools that haven't notified. For the program I'm attending, I was waitlisted at the end of February got off in the middle of March.
  12. Yup. Last Friday of the month. Late afternoon (offices close at 4:30, so before then).
  13. I didn't hear for a while last year and then I got an acceptance for their MA program. Not ideal, but its a possibility.
  14. Same happened to me oh so long ago #HDSRejectSolidarity
  15. Admissions. Not saying they're contacting yet (at least officially)