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  1. 11Q13

    MTS Harvard Divinity School

    With a crappy GPA like that, the last thing you want to do is waive the GRE. You should take the GRE, and get a very high score, ideally close to perfect (except for the math). You would then explain your circumstance regarding your poor GPA, and say, "look, I am actually very bright, as you can see by how well I did on the GRE." I'd say that's your best chance for success.
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    HDS (NT) vs KU Leuven (Biblical Studies)

    Bazzana is great. I was his RA years back. He's not going anywhere anytime soon as far as I know.
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    HDS (NT) vs KU Leuven (Biblical Studies)

    Harvard would open a lot more doors for you, though KU Leuven would honestly probably be just as good if not better for NT and EC. In a NT class at Harvard, you may only have a couple people who are Christians or actually studying the NT, simply because Harvard is a pluralistic place. Nasrallah is also leaving, so their NT faculty is kind of empty. All that said, Harvard is still the correct professional decision.
  4. You haven't told us what you're studying, so we can't help you. They are very different or the same, depending.
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    HDS MTS vs YDS MARc vs Boston College MTS

    BC shouldn't really be in this picture if you have ambitions for doctoral work. It's not the same level as the other two, though you may be right that you might feel out of place at Harvard. I'm a fairly moderate Methodist and I felt out of place there almost ten years ago. I'm sure I'd be branded a Nazi within 5 minutes these days. Yale has a similar climate. From the interests you describe, Harvard sounds like the best fit. FWIW, I also matriculated without a full scholarship, and pleaded to the appropriate parties and received a full scholarship my second year.
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    2019 MDiv MTS MA Applications

    It's simply the most competitive MTS program there is, and they also give a certain preference to Catholics. Back in the day I was accepted to the MTS at Harvard, Yale, Duke, Emory, Vanderbilt, etc... and was rejected by ND.
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    The Typical "What Should I Do" Post

    Sounds like you've got a much better head on your shoulders than I did when I was undergrad. One route you might not have though of is to do a Fulbright after you graduate, somewhere in the Middle East. It will help on applications for certain, and is fully funded.
  8. Actually I think that there is perhaps more risk in writing a book review than about anything else and that graduate students should avoid writing them like the plague. They count for nothing and can only do you harm. There are none of the benefits of peer review or getting familiar with the publishing mechanics and if it's a good, very positive review it will do nothing, which is the best case scenario. If you are critical in your review all that will be accomplished is that you will have made an enemy of a scholar more senior than you, and you will risk coming off as an upstart, which is a major problem for some graduate students. Your time would be better spent reading more books, and even if you do write one, it will probably serve you best to save it for your own reference rather than publication.
  9. I would counter that publishing is a bad idea. During my MA I published some dictionary articles and it was super helpful for giving me an opportunity to sort of learn the ropes of publication and make all the mistakes there in a low stakes publication. Alternatively you could wait until you're in a PhD or finished to publicly embarrass yourself...but I'd not recommend it. Other advice, find a mentor in your first or second semester at the latest. You want someone to root for you to get in to a PhD, that will feel a little bit of shame if you don't succeed. With a lot of the top schools your letter of rec from scholar A, so-and-so's buddy at school B, will be what gets you in. The other benefit is that you won't need to rely on the grad cafe for advice.
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    YDS vs. HDS

    I did an MTS at HDS in Jewish Studies back in '12 Even if you're not particularly interested in studying early Christianity, having other students with interests in Christianity and the Bible generally I'm sure would help in terms of the overall academic environment. At HDS only a small part of the student body has any interest in anything to do with the Bible or Judaism or Christianity. I knew it wasn't a Christian seminary going in, but it didn't hit me that most of the people at HDS, including a lot of people in my classes would not know much about these subjects that I took for granted. I wouldn't worry too much about Levenson leaving if your interest is Second Temple. Andy Teeter and Shaye Cohen are the two you should work with in Second Temple anyway. That said, I would caution against focusing too much on "Second Temple Studies" as though focusing strongly on that will prepare you for a PhD or a job. There aren't jobs in Second Temple studies, and PhD programs would rather you focus on, say, Hebrew Bible or early Christianity and show that your emphasis is in the Second Temple context with your language prep and coursework. I say this as someone at Notre Dame, where Second Temple is still a big deal. We reject applicants every year because they are too focused on Second Temple Judaism or DSS to the exclusion of either HB or NT.
  11. I had 5 or so Ws, a 3.72 GPA, and major in Bible. I attended HDS. If you say your Ws were due to health issues, you'll be fine if the rest of your app is strong.
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    Doctoral applications 2015-2016

    Sorry to hear it didn't go your way this year. The ND MTS is the most competitive I know of, and it's funded and then some. That is not a bad option IMHO. Seldom do people get in here without a two year master and something else, whether an MDiv, Fulbright, etc. It would also set you up pretty well in a year to apply to PhD's again, and ND especially since historically (though not recently) internal applicants do well.
  13. I'm pretty far along in my academic career, but I feel like, at some point along the way, I've either forgotten or never properly learned how to use footnotes. By that I mean, when writing, do you write an entire paragraph out, and then go back and insert footnotes into the sentences that require them, do you stop after each sentence and put some kind of basic footnote before moving on to the next sentence, or do you stop at the end of a sentence before completing say, a paragraph or section of a paper, and fill out everything you'll need in that footnote? I'm in a field where footnotes can balloon into huge digressions and often demand a ton of different sources, but doing that I find really derails me when I'm trying to write. but I also find it immensely intimidating knowing that if I don't fill out the footnote then and there I'll have to go back at some later stage to flesh it out, might not remember what I wanted to put in the note, and so on. I'm having a really hard time writing lately, it's mostly in my head, but this is on of the things that I think is getting me hung up.
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    PhD applications for 2014 chit chat...

    I thought my time of anxiety was over after I got my acceptance almost a month ago, but nope, I have to wait until March to hear if I'll receive standard funding or a better fellowship, apparently up to about twice as much...this is killing me. I know this is a first world problem if there ever was one, but it's hard to resist thinking about what I could do with the extra money!
  15. This was back in 2010, but Vanderbilt bumped up my offer significantly when I told them I was accepted to other schools with more competitive funding.
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