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  1. There’s a placement list somewhere, just not online it seems. I’d suggest reaching out to the director or the secretary and see if they’d be willing to share it. They’d be silly not to track that on a spreadsheet somewhere and if they aren’t willing to share it - that’s some cause for concern. Granted, scrubbing of names is common but dissertation titles are still there so in the age of Google, no such thing as privacy. I’d also look at the list of their current PhD students in the field you’ll be in, preferably someone in their 3rd or 4th year, and get their assessment and how cohorts before them did on the market.
  2. Depends on the degree, I guess. Are we talking M* or PhD? Either way, I believe CTS M* students still have access to taking courses at other Chicago seminaries. One of my PT (Practical Theology) profs in seminary was a PhD grad from CTS and they were fucking awesome. They're currently at SMU. Otherwise I don't know much about their placement and I didn't see a list on their website.
  3. Crazy - no. But, I think it's unlikely given that often this money comes from endowments where they already "have" the money. I think a much bigger fear, and more likely an outcome, is that we (the USA) don't do enough to quarantine and we really stretch this pandemic out to the 15-19 months that some researchers are suggesting is highly likely. If that happens, I think we can safely rely on a number of schools pulling a prolonged break and essentially going offline for a year and thus cutting back on graduate students. A number of my colleagues, myself included, that are hitting the professor job market have been told that schools are putting hiring freezes in place. One colleague had already signed their contract and was assured that their job is "secure" but they need to financially prepare for the reality that there is no 2020-21 academic year.
  4. If you already have PhD offers on the table and they're fully funded, I'd think long and hard about rolling the dice for another M* degree.
  5. Grad students are here. As per taking courses outside the Div. School the policy can be found here. In short, such courses must be directly relevant to your goals and if you take a fourth course in the same department it'll trigger a PSC review which is more of a formality and gives a more structured chance to decide how the the two departments (Div School and Medieval) might work together to support you, while also making sure that you're on track with everything.
  6. @Fiat I'd take a look at Yale's associated faculty for their Medieval Studies program, if you haven't already, and see if there are faculty there you could envision taking a course with. They always post semester courses here but Fall 2020 hasn't been posted yet and it looks like course search hasn't been updated for Fall yet either. There's not a lot of Religious Studies peeps on their faculty list but there are some. The Christian medievalists that I know, few in number, have not come from Yale but that doesn't mean you can't be very successful there! Under their People heading is a listing of current grad students with contact information. The few I looked at all had bios too, so I'd find someone that you connect with and try to get their honest opinion. My limited experience has told me that you're more likely to get a frank assessment over the phone than by email, FYI.
  7. It was on a Saturday in 2014. The decisions have already been made and a computer decides when to release them to the portal.
  8. If you're applying M* then yes, I believe Yale only releases March 15th. EDIT: It was that way back when I applied in 2014. It was all automated and results were posted in the afternoon to the portal.
  9. I've had a handful of former classmates (undergrad and grad) that went onto Chicago for PhD studies and they've all described it as extremely competitive and cutthroat. I suspect the same is for M* students there, esp. since they still (or I assume they still do) have an internal application process for M* students to go straight into the PhD. It's ultimately going to come down to what profs you want to work with. Some love the fighting among students, some even feed it. Some purposefully seek out that silent rockstar that knows how to balance when to speak and when to stfu and listen to their classmates, and let their writing speak for itself. From friends, it's most evident with faculty and students working in some field of philosophy at the Div. School. As an undergrad philosophy major at a competitive Ivy, philosophy departments are great at breeding assertive assholes. It taught me skills that took years to unlearn while also killing my love of philosophy but that's a different thread. I'm not sure about swapping at Chicago specifically. Generally, it's as simple as going to the dean's office and signing a piece of paper and maybe getting your advisor to sign it too. If your funding was specifically tied to the M.A. that might prove problematic but generally funding is better at the M.Div level so it might also open some avenues.
  10. I don't think it'll have any negative impact on your success and reception at the school. Faculty know full well that it's a two-way street when it comes to fit. Given the state of the job market it's absolutely imperative on your part to land at a school that will position you for success.
  11. Each school is different on waitlist deadlines. My school took someone off the waitlist in, I think, early-to-mid June several years back in my cohort. I suspect they went down their list to see who was still available from the way my friend (who got the offer) describes it but I don't know. I think it was someone that accepted and then backed out last minute. You can of course ask for an extension to make a decision but they're under no obligation to offer it. On the bright side - they're not going to rescind the offer for asking but they're going to know that you're hoping for a better offer/location/school.
  12. Per Union, there's not enough to say why they might have rejected you. That said, MTS programs are more competitive than say Mdiv but neither are overly competitive at Union. Financially they're not in a great position and have had to sale or lease parts of their campus and relied heavily on Columbia to bail them out over the years. So...you probably dodged a bullet there. One of their PhD students use to be active here 5'ish years ago and said outside of a select few students, everyone was on loans, including their PhD students to afford NYC. If you're wanting American religious history, looking at your current acceptances and speaking very broadly, go to Boston. If Harvard opens up and it's financially feasible, that'd be an option. Yale use to have one of the strongest American religious history programs you could hope for. I don't know if that's still the case as I'm out of the loop but I know it's still very strong. I'm biased for New England so the decision for me would be easy but that's just me dreading summers outside of NE.
  13. A former colleague did his PhD at UPenn and loved it and has never stopped speaking highly of the program (his field is Japanese religious history). I don't personally know anyone that went to Georgetown in Islamic Studies or their Theo & RS programs so I can't speak to that. That said, I've worked with Georgetown graduates on various endeavors and they were as academically rigorous as just about anywhere else. As @Theobuckeye noted, DC is going to be expensive on a PhD stipend. Philly is too but probably not as bad. As someone wrapping up a PhD here soon and looking toward life outside of being a student, I'd encourage you to consider what kind of job you want. Can you see yourself teaching in an Arabic Studies or a History Department? Do you fashion yourself more as a RS scholar? One of the cool things about the interdisciplinary nature of Islamic Studies and Jewish Studies is that you find scholars working in departments that they didn't get their PhD in. So it's possible to hop around but that's still largely the exception to the rule.
  14. Not really. If you're borrowing or dependent on a political theory/theorist(s) that you can say is German or French, you should start there. Ultimately, you'll need familiarity with both. Depending on timeframe (Middles Ages, for example), an advisor would likely tack on Latin - maybe.
  15. Simply that you can pass a reading proficiency exam in German or French before you enter the program. "Research language" sounds daunting and I guess it is to a degree, but it's just a test of your basic ability to read and translate a text of approx. 500 words. Often, as in my case, as part of orientation they had reading exams you had to take. In the case of my school everyone took one in French or German (some got to choose Spanish). Even if you failed they gave you some length of time to study and retake the exam - usually a year.
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