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  1. If you're only willing to attend if you get a full ride, Duke probably won't work for you. That said, you'll need to apply very broadly to help land a full ride.
  2. That's correct, a theological degree is not required and in fact a few of your colleagues will have little to no coursework in religion. These programs assume as such and begin everyone with Intro courses to NT and HB, history, and theology. If you've taken them in undergrad there's often ways to place out of them. How much time do you have left in your undergrad program? If possible, I'd look at seeing if you can take a religion course. Otherwise, your degrees provide a really good wide spread of skills that will be useful in your graduate studies. What are you wanting to do with
  3. As someone that was once in your shoes, I'll pass down advice that was given to me: Ask for more money. The worst thing that can happen is that they'll say no. They will never revoke an offer simply because you asked for more money. I was offered 75% to attend Vandy but simply asked for more. I explained that I loved the school, Nashville, etc but I needed more money to commit. They asked me to wait until closer to April 15th so they got a better sense of who was/isn't coming and the director called and offered me an increase to 100%. VDS takes in anywhere from 70-100 stude
  4. Depending on your aspirations after schooling: Yale Notre Dame HDS Duke If you have a strong Catholic identity and want to teach in that environment, it could boost ND above Yale. Likewise, if you have a strong Methodist identity and want to leverage Duke's name, it might move Duke up. "Political theology" and "ethics" is very broad so it's hard to get into specifics. That said, M* degrees are for finding specialization, so you're fine!
  5. I spent some time at Villanova in their theology department, glad to answer whatever questions you might have. They admit four (funded) spots but I've been told that interview slots can be as high as 2-3x that. Most of the students are self-funded - a lot of trust fund babies and military vets using their GI Bill to fund their PhD.
  6. Yes they fund you but getting by on that is another issue.
  7. Wouldn't Dallas' (Univ. of Dallas) program have to be fairly less selective by its nature? Maybe even borderline safety. IPS maxes an incoming student's stipend at $3,500 last I spoke with the director. Most second, and onward, students have to compete for living stipends from various foundations and scholarships. The students that I've spoken with have said they've taken jobs teaching philosophy and/or religion at local private schools in order to pay rent and not starve.
  8. I concur with @Averroes MD - getting into a PhD program in Religious Ethics without specific coursework in that field, probably won't happen. If you want to study religious ethics at Harvard's Committee on the Study of Religion you'll need to look through their faculty and find one that has a field in relation to yours. Columbia doesn't have a divinity school but Columbia University has a very close relationship with Union Theological. The latter does have a PhD program where you can specialize in ethics, and you'll see Columbia and Union students taking courses at the other school.
  9. It's going to vary depending on master's or PhD, subfield, etc. That said, "near-publishable quality" shouldn't be taken to literally mean that you tried to get it published. Rather, the paper should be research oriented, addressing a substantial philosophical argument or a paper that shows your ability to entice out nuances in extremely difficult material. Faculty don't want to read your book report or your glorified timeline of 20th C. French existentialism. The former works are quality that editors love to put in their journal. The latter faculty make themselves read after their fifth
  10. MDiv or MTS? I presume MTS given the more academic nature of interests but this is important to know. Knowing which degree you want, if helpful, would also help us craft your PS and topics to stay away from or ones not to spend too much time on. It's probably too late but double check that the schools you're applying to actually want the GRE. The vast majority of M* programs don't require it and some specifically ask you not to send them. That said, a 160V is a good score for master's programs. The reality is that you *might* need to retake it to get in the 163+ range but cross that br
  11. For Hindu Studies, that's about it in the US. If you're open to going abroad, Oxford has a strong reputation.
  12. I'll second @sacklunch here in that your focus needs to be on the M* degree. The PhD application is going to be 2-3 years away, at best. My second bit of advice, if you want to be in a PhD program and make that as easy as possible - attend a school with a PhD program. On that end, you're on the right track. I'd look at Harvard, Yale, Duke, Chicago, and Princeton. Backups to that, Vanderbilt and Emory - not sure about anywhere else. As already noted, you need a backup plan. Theology professor jobs in mainstream colleges/universities are rare, and I do mean exceptionally rare. Ev
  13. My question to you is what do you hope to change/effect by disclosing it? Your PS is about the only place that this would fit and I'd keep it short and simple. Again, address why you're bringing it up. As someone that worked in admissions for religious studies departments though, if it doesn't impact your abilities and it's not directly pertinent to your research, we saw it as the applicant trying to milk pity points. If it's something you need accommodations for, most universities don't allow, or discourage, students from going to professors directly. Your location says Ontario so I can'
  14. Duke tends to take about six weeks to respond so I'd say expect something by mid-December. Princeton, I don't recall, the results listing seems to signify a lot of responses coming out in February but I don't know when they all applied. Duke's financial aid is either really good or really bad. I don't hear of there being much middle ground with them. Princeton funds PCUSA members at 100% and everyone else generally at 80%.
  15. I’d also add FSU and Yale, though I don’t know what their admissions look like this fall.
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