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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. For Hindu Studies, that's about it in the US. If you're open to going abroad, Oxford has a strong reputation.
  6. 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
  7. 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'
  8. 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%.
  9. I’d also add FSU and Yale, though I don’t know what their admissions look like this fall.
  10. Could you say more about wanting a Bible-based program, yet not fundamentalist? Also, why not Catholic? On the latter, you'd be hard pressed to find a reputable seminary/divinity school that doesn't have a number of catholics on faculty. Catholics have often lead the way in regards to public theology and activism so I'm not sure about writing them off. Unless your GPA is absolutely atrocious, I would absolutely not write off ANY of the schools you listed at the bottom. I spent my freshman year of college on academic probation and sophomore year barely above it. While my next two year
  11. It can be. It can also hurt you - it's all about how you go about it. It also comes down to why you're unhappy. Admittedly though I'd say that most of my cohort, old and new school, were unhappy with a great deal of doctoral life. I transferred several years back from a conservative catholic program to a mainline program in the southeast. It required my old advisor reaching out to programs on my behalf and he referred me to who would become my advisor in the new program. If you're already a candidate, I would seriously consider NOT leaving. Almost universally, when leaving one progra
  12. That'll come but for the time being a number of former consulting colleagues have said some of the top private universities are looking hard at Disaggregated Faculty Models of operation. In these systems you have a faculty member responsible for teaching and then a different person who is responsible for evaluation of student's work. The obvious downside to this - not much need for a TA. While grading is often a TA's responsibility, this system generally relies on someone only doing grading and not needing mentoring, training, etc along the way. There's a lot more downside too but that's a lon
  13. USC has had a PhD in Religion at least since the 70s but become increasingly constricted over the years in what you can study. Being where they are and their funding package, the only way you can survive there is being independently wealthy, a partner working, or student loans. As such, they're a small program and largely focus on Asian religions and Islam. If their current graduate student list is up to date, it looks like they take a Christian-focused student every other year. I've never met anyone from USC but that doesn't mean anything, I don't work in Asian religions or Islam. UGA is
  14. French children's literature is probably going to be a bit too specific - in that you risk your application pool potentially being too small. That said, I'd look at Pitt's Critical and Cultural Studies PhD. They have a good sized graduate certificate in Children's Lit. I'd also encourage reaching out to Courtney Weikle-Mills, she's on faculty at Pitt and Director of the Children's Lit program. She'd probably be the best person to recommend other programs too!
  15. I noticed even before replying but it's something that comes up every year, so I think it's useful to have it closer to the top. That's to say that your advice is useful so don't feel bad!
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