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Hopeless_Academic

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    2018 Fall
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    PhD Religious Studies

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  1. Hopeless_Academic

    SBC Seminary Perceptions

    It's probably true that having both an MDiv and ThM from Southern negatively affected your chances. And yes, completing a degree from an evangelical seminary will make it more difficult when it comes to landing a job, even at evangelical schools (which seem to prefer non-evangelical PhDs). In terms of publishing, going to an evangelical seminary won't necessarily hurt your chances (as long as you do quality work), since journals conduct blind peer reviews.
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    YDS vs. HDS

    Another thing to consider is that it's not that difficult to transfer to a different concentration at YDS once you're admitted. Many MAR Bible folks who went onto top PhD programs in NT/early Christianity transferred into the History of Christianity track since it has fewer required courses, which allows for more electives and courses downtown. Ultimately, admissions committees will be looking at the courses you took and not the name of your concentration.
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    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Try quitting your browser and logging in again. I got an automated email from the admissions office today that my status had been updated.
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    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Duke (GPR) decisions are out. Unfortunately, I was waitlisted.
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    Preferred Bible Software? Accordace or Logos or Bible Works?

    I have BibleWorks, because I'm too poor to be able to afford all the texts included on BibleWorks through Accordance or Logos. In terms of value, it's hard to beat BibleWorks for the amount of texts included with the program at its price. If I had to choose between Logos and Accordance, I'd go with Logos simply because it has more available texts. I'm a NT person, so having access to tagged Loeb Classical sets would be amazing, but Accordance doesn't have the Loeb volumes, nor do they plan on adding them (last I heard). Also, I don't think they have the Perseus texts except through a built-in web browser. I'm almost certain you can download the Perseus texts for free through Logos so that they're searchable.
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    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Just got waitlisted at PTS for NT. Not surprised, since I really wasn't a good fit.
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    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    I think it might be more helpful to have fewer names in each group and possibly more groups. For example, I don't think Baylor and Boston College should be in the same group as Yale.
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    Application Post-Mortem Evaluation

    I actually think it is worth the effort to try and present at conferences or publish in a top-tier journal (don't waste your time with denominational or lower-tier journals). This might sound harsh, but many of our senior profs advise against presenting and publishing because they applied and studied in an era when it was the norm to graduate from a PhD with no publications. Now, you seriously hurt your chances of landing any kind of job if you have no publications. I disagree that you shouldn't publish because you're not ready as a master's student. If you submit an article to a top-tier journal, the reviewers have no idea that you're a master's student since it's a blind review, so they merely judge the quality of your work. If it gets accepted, then that means it met their quality standards. Also, even if it gets rejected, the feedback you'd receive would be invaluable in revising your writing sample (assuming you submit it early enough to get it back in time). I tried to reach out to POIs during the app season but had little success. I honestly don't think reaching out to POIs helps your chances with them. The benefit of contacting POIs is that you can get a better idea of how to craft your SOP for each school and you can also find out if the school is a good fit. In other words, all the benefits are on your end. POIs are not making decisions based on who reached out to them and the extent of your prior contact. This may just be my personal experience, but some of my POIs (at schools where I got accepted) either ignored me entirely or told me they had decided not to meet with prospective students at SBL.
  9. Hopeless_Academic

    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    It was an email from the director of graduate studies. No funding details yet.
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    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Just got into Baylor (NT)! Also, Yale decisions are out. I was waitlisted - did anyone get accepted into Yale for NT?
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    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    This is surprising. Can anyone claim that posting? I know they don't send out official acceptances until after the interview weekend (which is an informal acceptance). Maybe the poster just posted it in advance? I have yet to hear anything from the Div school, but was told we would be notified by Feb 14.
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    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    I just re-read the email from Baylor and the email specifically says business casual will be fine for all activities, so I don't think you need to wear a full suit (I know I won't).
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    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    I asked Carol Rush at Duke and she said all interview invites have already gone out.
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    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    All Duke ThD interview invites have gone out, and I think what the admissions person is referring to is the fact that the Duke Div admissions committee is meeting next week to make decisions after all interviews are finished. Then, acceptances will go out and those on the waitlist will be notified.
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    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Congrats!! I'm bummed that I didn't get one, but am glad I get to at least interview for their ThD program. Was it a generic or personalized email?
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