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Everything posted by xypathos

  1. Some of these results may be legitimate but FYI - we get a number of troll posts/results around this time every year.
  2. As someone that lived in Atlanta on a PhD stipend, it's rough going. At the end of the day, I don't know a single student that did it. I've yet to meet a single student at any institution that accomplished it either. We had partners, some were independently wealthy, parents footed the bill, student loans, and/or PT work. Some school's like Yale offer stipends around 33k but very few of us (PhD grads and hopefuls) stand a chance to attend Yale. You're far more likely looking at a stipend of 20-25k, probably.
  3. Yes. Often the stipend for M* students is in the 10-15k range but that varies by school.
  4. Work and/or loans. Of my PhD colleagues, I think all of us worked part time or took out loans in order to make ends meet. Personally, I took a part time job at the local Genius Bar and mostly worked on desktops and laptops. I was also married and we had my wife’s salary too, but grad school stipends are a joke that makes you cry yourself to sleep. EDIT: For my MDiv I worked for the city of Nashville as a research assistant in their office of historic preservation
  5. I will add that Chicago has many iterations of the nickname PhNeverDone. They love to advertise 5-7 years but the reality is that the median is 7.75 currently. They still have a number of students that enrolled in the 2008-10 period that are still not done. Almost no one gets out of Chicago in 5. The reality is that you'll be in the 6-10 year range.
  6. What do you want to do? Going from philosophy to systematic theology isn’t uncommon. But if you’re wanting to teach philosophy, you need to get a PhD in Philosophy. Systematic Theology is an increasingly niche field that it is getting harder and harder to find jobs for. If your field was philosophy of religion, you could theoretically, teach systematic theology at a smaller seminary or divinity school. Outside of Fordham, BC, etc., no philosophy department is going to touch you with a PhD in Theology.
  7. It’s going to take them some time to regather and rebuild the program. While Levine is an amazing scholar, it’s no secret in the NT community that she was an absolutely atrocious and abusive mentor. VDS suspended admissions into the program pending a review of her and her suitability to supervise students. Exceptionally brilliant NT PhD students have left the school to study elsewhere and faculty have turned down offers so as to not directly work with her. I genuinely mean this, consider yourself lucky.
  8. You'll get into most of them. HDS and YDS will be the most selective, naturally, but I'd say you stand a good 40% chance at both. Funding is another issue but that horse has been beat in a lot of threads on the first page.
  9. If you were doing a subfield that looked at religion + science, your engineering and NASA experience would be invaluable. In biblical studies, not so much. It's neat and will help you stick out as "that NASA person" but that's about it.
  10. Can confirm - I know several recent PhD grads from HYC in theology that are 1) forced to take a part-time lecturer position at their school, sometimes called the new grad gap year, 2) are on #2+ post-doc, 3) said fuck it and moved to Europe or Asia to teach, or 4) gave up on academia and went to other fields. Enter into this with an open mind and don't close any career doors just yet.
  11. Princeton gives, I believe, all Presbyterians 100% tuition as a matter of policy. Someone that attends/ed may be able to correct me or even say if that includes any kind of stipend. They also offer housing and I can't stress the benefit of an intentional community. In all likelihood they will be your best bet in terms of theological fit and funding. PTS also offers a wide swath of courses in practical theology that will be invaluable to someone interested in chaplaincy. BU - It's Boston, there's great cultural things going on. That said, it's expensive and funding at almost all of BTI's m
  12. Depends on the school and your preparation before/after the MTS. If your background is in psychology, presumably you could make quite a strong case for transitioning back to psychology, looking at neurological aspects of religion. If you attend a larger M* school you will likely even be able to work some electives into your curriculum from the school's psychology and/or neuroscience departments. I myself took graduate courses in English and History while a M* student. I had colleagues taking courses in the French department, Social Work, law school, education, medicine, etc. Many of
  13. Your chances aren't 0 but you're seriously hurting your chances by not having an M* degree. If you're wanting to be competitive take your pick - HDS, YDS, Chicago, and maybe 1-2 others for the purposes of comparing financial aid offers. It use to be that the top schools set aside a single slot for an exceptional undergrad student but those students are rarer and rarer. Too, you often saw them in history or some field that I just broadly refer to as 'cultural criticism.' By and large most undergrad students just don't have the languages fully under their belt for a PhD for NT or HB. Y
  14. Good questions. I couldn't find anything on the school's website regarding recording. Legally, Texas is a one party consent state. That said, I know at my school most professors don't record b/c they want to "protect" IP. I generally don't record myself b/c if you miss the class, just ask a classmate for notes. I have sometimes recorded my lecture but I never record student discussion.
  15. Your summary is correct. The small change is that the FB group in question is all professors. Graduate students, those outside the academy, etc aren't allowed in. Yes, I think the situation is overblown. Student A was out of line. I don't know their religious background. I think the professor lost control of the classroom and couldn't recover. That said, I think barring this student from being considered is an overreach. Sure, maybe the professors will calm down in time, maybe Student A will never even apply to their program, etc., etc., etc That said too, I know from conversations w
  16. I'm part of a small'ish FB group for religious studies professors in Texas. I'm using RS here broadly, there are biblical studies, cultural, theology professors, etc. With the pandemic a lot of our discussion over the last 1.5 years is "Zoom sucks but it's the medium, how do we engage our students?!?" Anyway, a professor shared a captured zoom video. I want to preface that this professor didn't record the video and they're not at the school in question. It was meant to be a conversation starter about "How would you have handled this?" kind of situation. That said, the student featured in
  17. You're wanting to do a M.Div at a reformed school, ThM at PTS, and then go back to the evangelical circle for a PhD? Some evangelical schools can be fairly competitive, part. among such identifying applicants. The problem you face, realistically, is that a PhD from an evangelical school greatly diminishes the number of schools that you're realistically hire-able at. You're better off aiming to go to as "high" a school as you can and then go back to evangelical circles to teach.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. Yes they fund you but getting by on that is another issue.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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