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    That's not really something I can answer. So many applicants with a MTS went somewhere like Duke, Yale, Harvard, etc and were able to cater their coursework to their specific field. That's a lot harder to do with a MDiv. It's why the MST (one year post-MDiv degree, some schools call it something else) is popular. My professional advice, unless you've already got a solid application and (ideally) the MST is at the same institution you did your MDiv and it's a Top Five school - they're a waste of time. You just can't build the rapport with faculty there for it to mean anything and often your grades for your first semester won't post to a transcript before evaluation. If you're going to do the MDiv, being encouraged to do a second M* is becoming more common. Doing a second M* after a MTS is also becoming more common, just at a slower pace. If you're doing something language heavy and you didn't also do it in undergrad (i.e., Biblical Studies), you're going to do 2-3 M* degrees. I'm exaggerating on the Biblical Studies front but not by a lot. Go with the degree that feels right at the time. Damn near all institutions allow students to swap between degrees with permission of their advisor and by signing a piece of paper - that's it. Often, barring a denominational scholarship or something, your aid tends to come with you too. We don't advertise this but we're not looking to lock students into a life they've learned isn't for them.
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    Others can weigh-in, Harvard’s PhD acceptance rate is very competitive-think in the 5 % range. The Mdiv, less so, so approximately, in the 40-45 % range, which I personally think a tad high.....
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    Online MA for the Writing Sample

    If your employer is paying for it, I suppose an online MA wouldn't hurt, BUT: You should make sure the MA program is through a reputable university (not the University of Phoenix or anything remotely like it). Figure out who the faculty would be. Are they full-time professors, or are they overworked adjuncts who aren't paid enough to devote their full energies to the courses? Will they be in a position to write you strong letters of recommendation down the line? You will have to make a special effort to form real social connections, so that the profs see you as a real person, not just a user name on the online platform. (The formal coursework is only part of the picture. A lot of the value of graduate school comes from the relationships you form with professors and fellow students.) Will there be opportunities to meet in person over the course of the program? Will you be able to attend "office hours" over Skype? Will you be able to take time off to travel for research? If your whole goal is to improve your SOP, travel to archives should likely be part of the plan. How about conferences? Giving papers at well-respected conferences will help build your credibility. Are there any local programs near you at all? Sometimes universities will work with students who have jobs to figure out a part-time schedule. Good luck!
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    I recently got an iPad for this purpose and I really like it so far. I briefly considered the Surface models but decided they were too expensive and I already have a pretty good laptop, too. But they did seem nice! I went with the basic 9.7” iPad with the iPencil, which is great for highlighting and marking up papers.


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