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  1. 2 points
    Having read this thread, I want to attend to your first question while being mindful of your reasons for wanting to apply. Honestly, I don't think you can go through an MTS, especially at places that require core or introductory courses, without necessitating a fairly dramatic change in your views to be very productive in classroom discussions and papers. It is not that professors will not respect your different perspective, but the experience of the MTS as a whole will be a formidable challenge to your previously held beliefs—more so in some areas than others. In the core courses themselves, lectures will focus on multiple perspectives but will also argue the merits of a particular viewpoint. As a sympathizer with post liberal theology and approaches to Scripture who has been to several institutions that are formative in that area, I would also argue that such approaches to Scripture do not provide a "safe haven" from critical scholarship if that is what you are hoping to get out of it. If you go to a mainline school, you will be exposed to new ideas that will be formative, ideas that will cause seismic shifts in your thinking. I don't think you will enjoy master's work in particular if you are not open to possibly changing even foundational presuppositions. I do think you can do PhD work a lot more easily as an inerrantist, and that is pretty much the typical route of scholars like the ones newenglandshawn mentioned. I think this sort of pathway has gotten harder due to competition. They often go to a conservative seminary, especially an institution tied to their own denomination, and then only after that go to more popular institutions for their doctoral work. In such a scenario, it is not hard to imagine statements like "I can take everything that was useful to me and put it in one lecture" being made. The, at best, moderate forms of discussion you would enjoy in coursework, conversations with your advisor and fellow students, and at conferences would not have nearly the same powerful effect on your thinking as those core courses in a master's program would. The difference between making such a move at the master's level vs. the doctoral level is you are not exposed to those formative classes, and any sharing of ideas or different perspectives takes place simply through discussions, which I do not think are nearly as formative. A PhD, after all, is designed to build upon introductory degrees like the MDiv or MTS. In these discussions there are at least two theories of the purpose of a theological education at work. Theological education is either a . . . 1. Selectivist or Individualist Task in which education takes on individualist and selective overtones. The primary task is the mere assembly of knowledge, and probably out of an ideological world that is constructed upon presuppositions you do not accept. Your goal here is to merely select from what is otherwise a large, unrelated mass of "epistemological material" those elements of their ideas that are helpful to your project. In this approach, your work is probably better spent with people whose ideological work or a . . . 2. Formative or Communal Task in which education takes on communal and participatory overtones. You, with fellow students, are participating in the life of the school and learning about the merits of the "forms of knowledge" offered by the faculty and its students, and you in many ways see yourself resonating with them, in other ways not. No two persons here completely agree, but they still operate around a formative center of beliefs and practices that help bring to life theological projects that are at least somewhat cooperative with those forms of knowledge, build off of them, and bring the conversation into new areas of consideration. In this way you do draw particular ideas from a larger mass of "epistemological material" in this approach as well, but it is still in many ways a project of construction upon the foundation from which that "epistemological material" is built. I think this is what you will experience at institutions that are a good "fit." Honestly, I think you have probably done enough masters work to get into PhD programs. A masters would help insofar as it allows you to gain recommendations from people in that area of the academy whose conversations include potential advisors at institutions where you want to do doctoral work, but it would not be helpful for the purpose of academic work itself if you are afraid of being re-formed or are unwilling to participate on a deeper level in the sorts of formative work that takes place in MTS programs. They are, after all, introductory degrees. Besides this, you will definitely ant to ask yourself how you sure you want to work with the specialists at, say, Harvard or Emory? Are they a good fit at all? Because they can only accept like one or two students a year, and they will not end up selecting you if you find yourself at an uncrossable ideological gap between them. That said, I get the sense that you are perhaps anticipating the likelihood of change and seem more easy-going in this regard. After all, none of us are going to think the same things now as we will in, say, 20 years. You could find yourself in a place of denominational transition, but the solution to that particular problem isn't found by merely attending TT institutions, it is found in attending places where you can both be formed, challenged, and ultimately be a scholar that builds upon a foundation that is conducive both to your work as a PhD student and as a scholar thereafter. Besides this, most Christian theological institutions of higher learning will represent many denominational perspectives well, so you won't be found wanting if you don't go TT. Further, presuming you are a part of the SBC or a smaller conservative Baptist association/convention, you could possibly transition to the CBF or even the NBC, thereby solving most of your potential concerns of denominational fit. Denominational preference is a fickle thing, especially when you don't have any particular interest in being a pastor. I know incredibly intelligent people who have changed denominations three times throughout their masters. For reasons like the ones I mentioned above, I would try to re-orient your thinking about your reasons for applying and what sort of path you want to take indoor academic preparation. Every advisor, professor, and admissions director will tell you unequivocally that it is ultimately about fit—or the sharing of enough common ground to make your educational experience conducive to both your goals and their goals in educating their students. If you can make that work, I do not see why you would be nervous about what will actually be taught to you. If you find yourself nervous and against the stances each institution takes on things like biblical inerrancy or methods in linguistics, translation, etc., then you would be better off operating in institutions that share your interests and approaches more deeply.
  2. 2 points

    "Good" GRE verbal score?

    I ACTUALLY HATE ETS I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THESE TESTS ARE EVEN NECESSARY A;SDLKFAWH;EOIFY;XOICYB It just seems to me like such a waste of effort and energy. The GRE General is bad enough (it literally is a bizarre vocab test mixed with a strange computer marked essay), and then the GRE Subject comes along and shoots you in the face with what feels like a metal hockey puck. Not to mention that the Subject test is teaching us to study summaries rather than read the entire books/works discussed (if you have the luxury to take the time to read these books before the exam, I envy you) - as much as I love ThugNotes like the rest, it's such a foolish way to appreciate the classics. You could spend a year or two studying for this exam and never finish reading all the books. I understand schools are looking for well-rounded entrants, but memorizing the Canterbury Tales when I'm interested in Romantic/Victorian poetry seems absolutely ridiculous to me. NOT TO MENTION THAT I'D LIKE TO HAVE A LIFE TOO BUT OH WELL I'M COOL These exams have done my head in. I guess that's the point, but I'm insanely burnt out. This process is exhausting! Not even potential medicine students take TWO STANDARDIZED EXAMS just to apply. Not to mention the three references, the VARYING WORD COUNT (because standardizing essay sizes for schools would be too much to ask for), the personal statement, etc ... at this stage, it feels like an uphill battle. I UNDERSTAND SISYPHUS SO MUCH NOW
  3. 1 point

    Chemistry Applications Fall 2015

    Looks like it's our turn to carry on the tradition of biting our nails and grinding our teeth.
  4. 1 point
    So, who is headed to New Orleans in late March for the Southern Sociological Society meeting?
  5. 1 point
    Hey, I got the following marks in GRE : V : 161 Q :163 AW : 3.5 I searched for some universities for MS Operations Research/ Supply chain management,but,could not find much universities for FALL 2015,except Columbia University. Can someone suggest me some good reputed universities for MS OR/ SCM?Is 324 good for Columbia?? Moreover,my background is Pharmacy but I have done electives in management and Calculus,Probability,and Linear Algebra in college. My GPA is around 3.9 . I am eager to shift my stream from Pharmacy to Finance/SCM/OR. People have been telling me that MS FINANCE would be tough for me as I do not have any background in it. PLEASE HELP ME!!!
  6. 1 point
    If your'e in your first year or two, these feelings are absolutely normal! It'll take a while to figure yourself out- just be patient. Workable strategies will come in time. Your professors have likely figured out their own strategies- which is why they don't look as bad as we do. Be sure to stay aware of your mental health and general attitude to graduate school. It's helpful to talk to other grad students but if you find that you just don't click, no matter how much you try, it may be that your issues are deeper and that's where counseling will help (they should have grad group therapy). Remember, give yourself a break. Grad school is your time where you can have endless moments of doing trial and error, making mistales, and falling flat on your face.
  7. 1 point
    Our responses were aimed at whether you would enjoy your time at such schools, which, I think, may be directly related to how well you thrive in such settings. If you are 'that person' in class that is not willing to engage in the sort of standard discourse that occurs in these settings, then you may be less likely to receive good (or at all) letters of recommendation (and perhaps good grades). An additional reason for our concerns, I think, is that the type of work you are interested in--in as much as it has crucial bearing on your core beliefs--is not carried out at such schools. These days, at least at 'top' programs, much of the 'text critical' research is done diachronically, and accordingly, synchronic research, at least without heavy considerations of diachronicity, will be heavily resisted, particular so in the field of biblical studies. In short, the above concerns, in my view, are hinting that you may not find anyone willing to work with you on your research at 'top' schools. Of course, there is no way to know this without trying your hand in such settings. But, aside from the above considerations, and to be more direct: Yes, you stand a fine chance of getting into TT M* programs. As has been often said on this forum, admission rates for TT M* programs are incredibly high vis-a-vis other M* at such schools. If you submit a somewhat compelling SOP, writing sample, letters, and your grades are above average, you stand a good chance. So, apply, and see what happens. There is only one way to find out, I suppose. Another option, also said above, is applying to European PhD programs now. These programs are often sought out by conservatives (yes, the term is complicated) precisely because they are just dissertations. Funding varies greatly and you can expect as a general rule to shell out at least some cash for the degree. cheers
  8. 1 point
    Are you freaking kidding me? I know people harp on perfect scores, but they don't really mean much. You have top 10 scores. What you should be worring about is research experience and fit.
  9. 1 point
    In my opinion, while advisor is important, in the sense that he/she is advising you, the program is also equally important. You aren't going to just be taking classes from your advisor, you need to think about how strong your committee will be, you need to think about how independent you will be. I'm very independent from my advisor: she's knowledgable in the methods I am using (numerics) but the subject I am doing these numerical experiments I know much more about. You need to talk about research with these advisors to get a better idea of who you will choose: the top 20 professor might be younger and ready to take on the world with his new graduate student! Also, just because someone has more citations/articles does not make someone more famous: it just means he/she publishes more. Having 1 or 2 strong papers is a lot more memorable than 10 medium to minor impact papers. just some food for thought.
  10. 1 point
    Do not apply. She is basically waving a giant "CAUTION" road sign under your face. She is doing you a favor by telling you the truth when others may not, whether for their reputation or whatever else. My advice is not to apply.
  11. 1 point
    Old Bill

    Fall 2015 Applicants

    Priceless, Lyonessrampant! I'm out of upvotes for the day, so you'll have to be satisfied with having prompted a literal "LOL" from me.
  12. 1 point

    Fall 2015 Applicants

    ^ Perfect Tinder profile description Good luck to everyone. The application season is stressful and daunting, and I hope that all of you get offers you are happy with!
  13. 1 point
    Biomedical neuro departments may give a higher stipend, at least that's the first thing to pops into my mind.
  14. 1 point
    Old Bill

    Fall 2015 Applicants

    Aww shucks! Thanks Queennight. I'm always glad to help, even if it's often a combination of baseless enthusiasm, semi-informed opinion, and a dash of Polyanna optimism.
  15. 1 point
    As far as I know, U of T and York only require a research methods. So this could be completely qualitative. For example, in my undergrad at U of T I took logic of social inquiry and quantitative methods in the sociology faculty. U of T website has a list of courses from different Canadian universities that count towards this. If you are not sure, you can always email admissions with a syllabus.
  16. 1 point
    I think approaching very slowly is a bad idea. chat her up and make her know you like her. If it doesn't work out, move on. Don't spend weeks and months on an elaborate plan to make someone your girlfriend, when you can show them who you are up front and get through with the first step. that'd be my approach anyway. there's no right answer to this
  17. 1 point

    Fall 2015 Applicants

    Wyatt (as I already mentioned to you), you literally have been such a light through this entire process! Thanks again for keeping us all sane. (Truly.)
  18. 1 point

    Day before the GRE advice!

  19. 1 point

    Fall 2015 Applicants

    Fingers crossed that it all pays off for you WT.
  20. 1 point
    First thought off the top of my head is to start those quantitative classes. Either statistics or microeconomics (or even better, both) this fall will be a good idea. Chances are, you'll have to complete them before you begin school anyway, and it will be a big plus for schools to see that you're in the process of doing those courses. I think the most influential factors on funding are work experience and GRE scores. You're fine in the second area, and I'm sure the first is quite applicable to why you want to do public policy and what you want to achieve in the future. Make sure to weave that into your SOP very thoroughly. I think you're likely to get better funding from private schools than public ones, but that's a very general assessment. I got generous packages from both of my private university choices. Finally, regarding LORs, make sure you have a good one from work. About professors from undergrad, don't sweat it. I've heard from quite a few that they regularly get requests from people they barely even remember in class, 5-6 years ago. As long as you had a good relationship with that professor during the class you took, and you believe he/she liked you, that's a good basis to request a letter. If you'd rather not chance it with multiple recs, just ask one, and get two professional recommendations -- maybe from someone you volunteer with as well as work with. It's not the best situation to be in, but you can't really do much about it at this point. Worry about the SOP and spinning a good story. Overall, I'd say you're in a decent spot. =)
  21. 1 point
    St Andrews Lynx

    Advisor doesn't exist

    Are you geographically close to your advisor? A decent proportion of faculty are terrible at replying to their emails, calls, etc. And really the only option is to tackle them in person. If you can, always knock on their office door and invite yourself in for a chat. If necessary you can be a little bit sneaky: find out when & where they teach, if they hold office hours, if there are any Department committee meetings held at specific times which they need to attend. Then you can focus on the timeslots that they're most likely to be in their office or even in the building.
  22. 1 point

    "Good" GRE verbal score?

    This gave me such a breath of fresh air. I'm currently in a panic cramming for the subject test (where I'm scoring very, very poorly - haven't had any time to study with the start of my MA), and it's SO GOOD TO HEAR that we don't have to be perfect on these absolutely stupid standardized tests that say nothing about whether or not we have interesting ideas. Thank you for this.
  23. 1 point

    Grad School Admission Chances

    I can understand your sentiments. Fortunately, you still have a lot of opportunities to raise your GPA. The greatest advice I learned from people who were accepted is that your preparation is not a race. You are competing against yourself. For that reason, I would strongly concentrate on those CSD courses over anything else. If you need to go part-time to maintain the 4.0 in CSD, there is nothing wrong with it. Those are very high stakes since admissions told me they weigh them the most and more scrutinized if you are a CSD major. Drop the courses that are not required by ASHA or most schools. If you want to be more marketable, maybe take Spanish but your priority is to focus on those CSD. If you feel that you are starting to slip in your classes, be very assertive, bug the prof and say NO to any distraction/activity. If you don't need to work, do not work. If you need to, cut down on your hours. I noticed you listed a lot of plans for extra-curricular activiites. It might be a good idea to first shadow different areas before making a commitment. Also, examine and reflect where your interest/motivation was in your classes to help you decide. I LOVED research and interacting with adults and applying everything I learned from my anatomy, psychology, audiology and acoustics and so I worked with an SLP who specialized in medical rehab and just did sporadic observations of articulation and child language. I understood everything he was saying when he was telling me about why a certain maneuvre is being done. All I can say is it was enchanting to see everything come alive. So, if you do finally decide to materalize your plans, make sure it is one that will enjoy and show some passion. You'll know it becasue it'll be a hobby, you aren't wasting your mental resources. It is one part of your profile from where you might also request a glowing LOR and expand in your personal statement so make it memorable and worthwhile
  24. 1 point
    Just for future reference. I had to cram my studying into 3 weeks, so I had a hell of a time finding good, solid resources on a quick timeline. I supposed it worked, as I scored well and improved significantly from my first (untested) diagnostic test. It's late, I'll edit this in the morning, but it gets my initial thoughts out. Manhattan Practice Tests - 1 Year Access ($30) 6/10 + Adaptive computer practice tests + Questions randomly pulled from a pool on the fly + Six unique practice tests guaranteed, but unlimited tests for a 1 year period + One free trial test You cannot do questions in isolation, only in the context of practice tests. The inability to break questions out from practice test setting was annoying. You can't "re-do" questions until you've done at least 6 tests, at which point you can reset the questions and hope you come across a particular question again. In that respect, far inferior to Magoosh. These were the first resource I used. Honestly it freaked me out. I was scoring in the high 150s, low 160s, which was significantly lower than I expected. As it turns out, these questions are WAY, way harder than those on the actual test. On the Power Preps and the actual tests, I would finish up quant with may 5-8 minutes to go. With these, I was running out of time and often just throwing out guesses on questions. The tests are a great training tool because they are harder than the questions on the GRE, but they're a poor diagnostic tool because it's not accurate. Be warned, their data analysis questions are terrible. Flat out terrible. Their questions are ambiguous, their charts are poorly laid out, "approximated" answers are too close together, and their charts are often too large to comfortable see and compare. I had to often scroll back and forth between two charts, which you will NEVER have to do on the GRE. I even saw a few typos. Really, really poor showing in that respect. They provide a lot of data about questions, but it's not presented intuitively or in a manner that's particularly useful. For example you can isolate by question difficulty or by question, by not by question difficulty THEN by question type. You can play with them in Excel to make this work, but they really should do this for you. The UI they use to generate score assessment reports is also not very good. Magoosh Premium ($99) 9/10 + Hours of video for verbal, quant, and AWA. + Video explanations for each question. + 585 quant practice questions, 545 verbal questions + Can generate "practice tests" from the pool of practice problems By far the most useful LEARNING resource I used. I zoomed through the math video content really quickly (in a couple days, over the course of maybe 3-4 hours). The math videos were very helpful with useful tricks and tips. Even when I knew how to do things, I learned a few neat tricks I found really helpful. Their practice questions are great, on average significantly harder than what's on the test. Each question has a video explanation and links back to the relevant lessons, so it's quite simple to work through. They also have a much more robust, intuitive data analysis tool than Manhattan that lets you identify your weaknesses and mess around with settings on the fly. Similar to Manhattan, my practice tests with Magoosh underestimated my score. But I as a practice tool, it was much more on point. The questions themselves seemed better, and I could more easily repeat specific questions I either got wrong or "flagged" as particularly difficult. I didn't go through a ton of verbal, but their verbal questions don't seem to be as on point as their quant. I got roughly 20-25% of questions wrong, whereas on the official materials I got more like 10% wrong. Can't put my finger on it, but they were for me at least much harder than actual verbal questions. Magoosh Vocabulary Builder Android App (Free) 2/10 To me, this app was useless. It's set up like a game, where you are given a word and then given 4 possible definitions. If you get it wrong, you will see that word 3 more times before you "master it". I found this really pretty much useless. First, you're never going to see a word like this on the GRE, except MAYBE in a reading comp question. More likely you need to be able to see a word and know its meaning, rather than identify its meaning from 4 choices. Additionally, the meanings were often truncated and it had no way of dealing with words with multiple meanings. I went through the entire thing and learned very little. Time wasted. Should have gone straight to the flash cards app. Magoosh Flashcards Android App (Free) 7/10 This app could be great with a few tweaks, but as is it's just a useful but flawed tool. Great for a free tool, I suppose. It's similar to the Vocab Builder in that it repeats vocab words you don't know. You see a "flashcard," "flip it", and either pick "I knew this word" or "I didn't know this word." If you didn't know the word, you will see it 4 more times and you must "know" it before you "master" it. Really, really useful tool for improving vocab. The biggest issue with this is the way that you can't flag particularly hard words. For example, each flash card deck is 50 words or so. But you can't flag words that are giving you trouble and mix them in with other words from other decks. Worse than that, the algorithm for showing words is random, so you might see the same word three times in the span of six cards, even if you've "mastered it." So rather than being able to go through just maybe 2 troublesome words in a 50 word deck, you have to go through not only the entire 50, but 100+. And you could go through those 100+ and still not see the 2 words you need to learn. Great the first time through, but really frustrating on a refresher. Official Guide to the GRE Revised Test, 2nd Edition (~$20) 2/10 I breaking this out into two sections, the guide as a didatic book and the guide as a practice tool. As a teaching tool, this thing sucks. It's not in-depth enough to teach it from scratch, but too in-depth to be a good just general overview kind of guide. I thought in particular the whole "union" of two data sets (A ∪ versus the "intersection" of two data sets (A ∩ thing was particularly laughable. It takes a relatively simple, intuitive concept and then throws in a bunch of technical math terms and unnecessary abstraction. GRE Official Guide Tests / Power Prep 9/10 The GRE comes with 2 paper tests (more questions and more time than computer, non-adaptive) and 2 tests on disc. These computer tests are also available for free download as Power Prep II software. I found this to be the most useful diagnostic tool. I don't know what to say except these were the most accurate representation of what was on the test, because they were made by ETS. They put my mind at ease because I scored much better on them than on Manhattan and Magoosh equivalents. One caveat, if you are a high scorer (high enough to get the "hard" section your second time through), you will probably run into harder problems on the real test than on Power Preps. I don't believe the Power Preps are adaptive, and I recall at least 3-4 questions on both quant and verbal which were significantly harder than anything I remembered from Power Prep. It's not a gamechanger, but something to be aware of. If you receive the medium or easy section, it should be a relatively good representation of what you'll see on test day.
  25. 1 point
    Not at all! No offense taken. I guess this would depend on what we mean when we say 'believe.' For example, I work also in classical studies, and while I 'believe' that a lot of what, say, Pliny the Elder or Plutarch write, is wonderful (or I believe in its usefulness, it resonance deeply with my own experiences), it's different as I am not using such texts as part of a 'religious' canon (though a different kind of canon). We could extend this to any number of students/scholars who study philosophy, art, and so on. To be more direct, I meant that I think it's a bit sad and misguided to imagine higher education as not challenging one's core beliefs (here's that pesky word again...). I am often asked why one would study ancient Judaism ('are you Jewish, then?') or Christianity ('are you going to be a priest/preacher?') and not believe. I usually respond by saying no one questions the classicist, the ancient philosopher, the antique archaeologist, and so on, on why they find particular aspects of antiquity fascinating. In fact, to me, there is infinitely more reason to be interested in Jewish/Christian writings/history because of their impact on each of our lives, in some way or another, more than most of these disciplines that people easily accept as interesting in and of themselves. Your point on the early apostles can easily be made about the early rabbis, early Muslims, and so on, and their 'closure' of the (viz. their own) canon. Body Politics was, I think, stating that when placing all of these books together we can have a misleading picture of what counts as evidence for what (just as there were groups who, in their own canons, elide Paul's authority either explicitly or not).
  26. 1 point
    ^ re: my previous comment: I misread the context of that comment, sorry. I actually agree - they definitely will not look down on you for being thorough and double-checking your applications and wanting to correct a mistake.
  27. 1 point
    I respectful disagree and think that this advice isn't sound - why not just email them? You will look more honest. They will find out your GPA anyway when they look at your transcript and this will make you look dishonest, don't forget that they can rescind your acceptance. I understand that it was just your major GPA but the difference between a 3.5 and a 3.7 is actually pretty big when you think about it. Also look at it this way - if you accidentally typed 3.5 and you had a 3.7 you would definitely contact them and inform them.
  28. 1 point
    This is precisely my point above. And while I'm sure this professor was only partially serious (I pray to the gods she was...), such a comment is very telling!
  29. 1 point
    This strikes me as a bit sad and misguided. But we have different ideas of what the function of higher education is, so there's that. If you are an inerrantist, then, as it was said above, you will not have a good time. Though it's also important to ask what do you consider a top program? I'm also curious: What makes you want to even study at a 'top' school with such views? If you mean the 'usual suspects', you will very likely be surrounded by opposing views, both from your peers and your professors. So, if not to either change or because you love to torture yourself, why go in the first place? And what do you want to do when you're done? If you want to teach at an inerrantist school, you could just as easily stay in the sphere you are already in and 'challenge' yourself in ways that already support your ideology.
  30. 1 point
    I know a lot of you are looking out west for grad school, but if you want a program that does not look at ONLY your GPA and GRE scores, than I would HIGHLY recommend Grand Valley State University. Besides evaluating applicants on more than just #'s, the program itself is like a family atmosphere. Most of the time when you hear that you think the students are all close, but here, the students AND staff are all close! The staff is friendly and the program focuses more on application than just test scores. The clinical experiences are all out in the community at head start programs, veterans homes, hospitals, rehab centers and Long term care facilities so you are actually at a place of business and not just at a school clinic being watched over by your professors. You actually get out and make connections WHILE doing your clinical hours so that when you graduate you definitely will be able to get a CFY at one of the locations you did your clinical placement at. Oh, and the program is only 15 months! The last 3 months you could take your long term internship anywhere in the U.S. Also you take the PRAXIS exam after a year in the program and get that done with. As far as research, they do not have much going in that regard. The end of the program exam or thesis is not either of those things. It is a graduate portfolio of all of your work you did during the program which you get to keep and use in your job interviews to show all of the competencies you have met to your future employers. Highly recommend GVSU!
  31. 1 point

    Second Masters Degree - MA/MTS vs. ThM

    I agree with sacklunch: apply to both. I don't think a 3.55 MDiv GPA will sink you automatically--but it's definitely on the border. But if you feel like you could move on to a PhD now without the extra degree, then definitely apply and apply to a couple M* programs as a backup plan.
  32. 1 point

    Second Masters Degree - MA/MTS vs. ThM

    It really depends on your area of interest. Like anything else, you will get mixed opinions. Some secure a spot with 'only' an MTS, others have 5-6 years of M* before starting a PhD. In brief I would say apply to both and see what happens. I would recommend applying applying to other M* instead of the ThM. They are almost always unfunded. Apply far and wide and see what happens. That's what most of us did.
  33. 1 point
    I would suggest the following: 1. Talk about your research experience and the path that led you to pursue a PhD 2. Talk about the line of research you plan on pursuing as a PhD candidate -- your project 3. Talk about why the school you are applying to is a good fit for you and vice versa 4. Your plans after completing your PhD (very briefly) 5. You should have the professors writing your letter explain/account for the 1 semester where you were sick -- don't waste time/space in your statement addressing this. 6. Your personal qualities/characteristics should only be discussed when relevant to your discussion of items 1-4 above. Hope this helps.
  34. 1 point
    Hello again, Thanks so much to everyone for their responses. The decision is Oxford. As many of you brought up, having a clear idea of why I am doing a PhD was critical. In many ways getting a good job offer really helped bring this to a boil in terms of weighing pros and cons, life plans, relationship issues, financial security, etc. At the end of it, thankfully, the decision to go to Oxford over the job was fairly clear and I doubt that I'll be second guessing myself (at least not for a little while). Moreover, as one of the posters brought up, the job offer may have been less promising than I initially thought; vague assurances over duties, pay, promotion by someone who had not been there very long raised the possibility of getting disappointed in a big way. Anyways, thanks again for your responses. Let me know if you're going through something similar. Hopefully now I could give some perspective!
  35. 1 point

    Imposter syndrom

    As far as I can tell (and this definitely may vary with your own experiences) a lot of that may have to do with the difference in culture between terminal Masters and PhD programs. Most people I've met who tend suffer from impostor syndrome (myself included) tend to follow more research-oriented career trajectories.
  36. 1 point

    French Linguistics anyone

    The ivies don't really focus on linguistics in language departments (although I've been told that Yale, Harvard, Penn, and Cornell have high-ranking linguistics departments, but they would know much more about that in the linguistics forum). There isn't really a stigma against it, but I've yet to meet someone from these circles--student or factulty--that doesn't study cultural production and theory in some form or another. Also keep in mind that a number of the ivies don't have independent french departments (off the top of my head, Harvard, Cornell, and Penn are Romance Studies, Princeton used to have a Romance department but Spanish/Portuguese broke off and French is now grouped with Italian). Dartmouth doesn't have any PhD programs in the humanities that I'm aware of. I'm not working in French but I've interacted with students and professors from some of the Romance Studies departments I mentioned above and like I said, to my knowledge the focus is exclusively on cultural production and theory (Cornell is particularly heavy on theory, Bruno Bosteels is there after all). A quick glance at program descriptions and faculty at Yale, Brown and Columbia confirms that they don't focus on linguistics either. If you really want to forego literature and focus entirely on linguistics, I'd strongly suggest ditching french and romance departments and training as a linguist...especially at this type of university.
  37. 1 point
    Oxford all the way. In the grand scheme of your entire life, it is more likely to have a lasting impact.
  38. 1 point
    I disagree, it would not be "completely moronic" to turn down oxford: being a grad student isn't glamorous. Even the highest prestige places dont have 100% matriculation rates, and he sounds interested in the job. The fact that he's given weight to should say that much. You are going to get biased opinions here: this is a graduate school website. The real question is: do you see yourself going to graduate school in the future even if you take this job. If the answer is yes, then you should probably just go to oxford, since its one of the best schools in the world. But if the answer is maybe, the answer becomes a bit more muddled. Can you see yourself happy without this Job? Can you see yourself happy without going to graduate school? The question isn't Oxford or job, the real question should be graduate school or job. I hope that this helps you think about it.
  39. 1 point

    Page limit question

    It's difficult to say. 15 page papers generally (discipline mileage will totally vary) are "conference" papers. 20 to 25 page papers are "journal" papers. Anything over that are "thesis" papers. Different disciplines have different requirements, of course, but these are some ballpark numbers for genre. As far as a lower limit goes? If you have an outstanding 15 page paper, a school with a maximum of 20 pages isn't going to freak out. If there is a minimum number of pages, that's different. Don't submit less than the minimum. For a school with a 30 page limit, instead of submitting one 15 page paper, submit two papers. I think half of the required writing sample isn't a good plan. If there is not expected length requirement, submit something that is of conference paper or journal article length. The key isn't page length so much as it is a good read. A 22 page page-turner will go over better than a 20 page meh paper if the limit is 20 pages. The purpose of a writing sample is so that they can actually see your best scholarship in action. The length limits are so they don't get a bunch of theses (reading 50 to 100 75-page samples would sooooo suck). The minimums are likely set in place because short papers are unlikely to show personal scholarship so much as they show a student's response to what was learned in class. If you can cut down your 60 page paper into a 25 page paper and still show excellent scholarship, go for it. Otherwise, you're better off submitting two papers instead of one.
  40. 1 point

    No more of Form I-94

    The form is issued electronically now. You have to go online to retrieve the number: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1696/~/how-to-retrieve-the-i-94-online
  41. 1 point

    I feel my PhD has been a waste

    2 years sounds great and not at all hopeless. There is definitely time to turn things around, though you will have to approach this, I think, with a whole new attitude and really step up advocating for yourself. 1) It's a really good sign that your advisor recognizes that you need to specialize. I would request scheduling a meeting with her in the near future for a more serious sit-down (rather than just a drop-in) about your remaining time in the program, and future direction. Mention (tactfully) your frustrations, but also how you plan to remedy this. Bring up the need to specialize again, and specifically what direction (or possible directions) you want that to be. Then, in any future interactions, you need to keep this new priority foremost in your mind. If something pops up that previously only you could handle, remind her of your new goal that you mutually agreed on. Don't be afraid to sound like a broken record. Any sane advisor should be supportive of this -- it looks bad if their own students don't finish/quit early/don't go on to good positions, esp. for those early in career and concerned about tenure. 2) Undergrad help is great. Rather than waiting for your advisor to assign one, offer to take the lead on recruitment for someone you can train up. This lessens her burden, and moves the situation towards something YOU now have more control over within your timeline. Do your undergrads get paid? If funding is too uncertain/intermittent, will students volunteer? We have no shortage of undergrads interested in our lab, and none of them get paid. They recognize the many benefits of this unpaid work: getting experience for their resumes, research course credit, skills for grad school, a solid letter of reference down the line when they apply for jobs, scholarships, whatever. We sometimes recruit by asking the profs of junior/senior relevant coursework if we can drop into the first 2-3 min of their lecture and make a pitch. Interested students then contact us with a resume/CV, sometimes overwhelmingly. 3) Yes, schedule that committee meeting. There is no "probably" about it -- DO IT. Getting them all together in one room to focus on you and coach you appropriately is probably the biggest challenge; again this is where you need to apply your relentless initiative to make it happen and resolve peoples' busy and disparate schedules. Generally in your response I see a lot of tentative language and get the sense you are waiting for external things to happen that will help you out of this bind. It is time to TAKE THE REINS and shape the rest of your PhD experience, and future career. I'd also recommend, if you haven't read it, "Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning a Masters or PhD" by Robert L. Peters. Also, this quote, which is one of my favorites: “To live without purpose is to live at the mercy of chance – the chance event, the chance phone call, the chance encounter – because we have no standard by which to judge what is or is not worth doing. Outside forces bounce us along, like a cork floating on water, with no initiative of our own to set a specific course. Our orientation to life is reactive rather than proactive. We are drifters.”– Nathaniel Branden Hope wall of text helps. I apologize if it comes on too strong, but I've seen so many people drop out or not finish or regret their investment of (a SIGNIFICANT amount of) time in graduate degrees...and being passive, rather than active, was in almost every case the common denominator. You still have PLENTY of time to not be hopeless. And you're NOT "not smart enough" because you're too mentally drained to think cognitively after dealing with routine lab procedure and troubleshooting all day...anyone would be! I sure am!
  42. 1 point

    Who is the worst philosopher ever?

    Don't be analytical about it. Just mumble some nonsense that sounds cool and then conclude.
  43. 1 point

    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I just want to know where I'll be in 6 months. I. Just. Want. To. Know.
  44. 1 point
    When I prepared, I used a lot of the ETS/Princeton Review/etc. books and they were very good at making it clear that writing skills aren't necessarily what is being graded. One of the biggest indicators of the writing score is the length of your essay, for example. So, I'd make sure you improve your typing speed if you are a slow typer. Then like arglooblaha said, there are elements they consider "important". I kept mine incredibly basic, followed a formula in one of the test prep books (literally like, intro paragraph, example 1 para, example 2 para, example 3 para, concluding sentence- with each example para following the same format) with moderately long sentences/vocab and I scored a 5.5. So in summary.... "better writing" does not necessarily mean "better score", which I think is where you misunderstood. It's really about understanding what they are looking for.
  45. 1 point
    Shelley Burian

    Breaking into a new (sub)-field

    Which non-western art field is it? I am entering an MA/PhD program for Pre-Columbian Latin America in the fall and was in a similar situation, although I did have a 400 level seminar in Mayan art (as an Andean person it doesn't help me much) and did research on new Mayan and Teotihuacan accessions for a museum. For non-western art, switching is a bit different since many of them are sub-fields relatively new to the discipline of art history (Pre-Columbian only began in the 1930"s with George Kubler). Because of this many schools still do not have many courses in them or even have resident professors who specialize in them so the fact that you have not had tons of coursework tends to be a bit more forgiven, especially if you have a lot of experience in a related field; My archaeological coursework was every bit as valuable as my art history work. It really comes down to what your professor of interest wants in a student in my experience. I did not have a single letter of reccomendation from a Pre-Columbian specialist even at the second attempt and still got into (for my field) a top school. If you do not get the results you are looking for this season (my first application process was bad) and feel that lack of coursework is a problem for you, I would agree with the above post about Masters programs. However, for me this simply wasn't an option financially, so I took a year off and did two more internships (one which turned into a curatorial position). I also revised my honors thesis, which I would say is a MUST for you if you are unsuccessful (Although I hope for the best!). I am positive that my writing sample, largely based on my future advisor's work, was what got her attention.
  46. -1 points

    Fall 2015 Applicants

    statement of purpose and personal statement are two separate things

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