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  1. Rabbit Run

    Any Current Duke Students?

    ...and J Kameron Carter last week. Plus Eboni Marshall Thurman also went to Yale and Reinhard Hütter is leaving (has left?) for CUA. Heres some articles about Duke. As sacklunch said, would be best to have a Duke student weight in from their perspective https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/05/24/467233031/black-ministry-students-at-duke-say-they-face-unequal-treatment-and-racism http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2018/03/lgbtqia-duke-divinity-students-protest-treatment-issue-list-of-demands
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    Any Current Duke Students?

    I'm not a student at Duke, but its worth noting the Anglican/Episcopal House will be headed up by Christopher Beeley (formerly of Yale Divinity) beginning in the Fall, which is an excellent hire imo. My outside perception of Duke is that it's the most moderate/conservative of the big divinity schools. It seems to be a tense place right now from what I've heard, with a lot of professors leaving and with tension surrounding race and human sexuality.
  3. This is good advice, but I'd qualify it a bit for PTS, whose M.Div is fairly flexible. They tend to offer quite a bit of cross listed courses (i.e. a course in Church History that also meets a Practical Theology Req).
  4. I don't think this is weird, I applied to Theology, Ethics, and Historical Theology subfields depending on the school/faculty etc. Of course, these are all much more related than say, Ancient Near East and American Church History, but all this is to say that where you apply is dependent on how the school carves up the disciplines/where the faculty you want to work with are.
  5. In part bc of networking (especially if you're looking PU for PhD work, but mainly because it just makes you a stronger applicant: if you do well in a course over there, it can demonstrate that you can succeed not just in a seminary/divinity school setting, but in Tier 1 graduate settings too. It's not the biggest thing, but its a good feather in the cap.
  6. This is good advice. At PTS, you can do Greek or Hebrew this Summer before your first year, which might be something to keep in mind, especially if Bible is your interest. Second, you can take intensive reading courses in French, German, or Latin at Princeton U over the Summer (you can even do two bc they have a Summer A/B set up); if you're interested in doctoral work, definitely keep this in mind for the summer after your first or second year. Be sure to try and take courses at PU in Religion (or potentially Philosophy, German, History, Classics or whatever else fit into your concentration); a lot of PTS students, even PhD hopefuls, neglect this--which is understandable given the extensive offerings at PTS--but I think it matters some come PhD applications.
  7. To echo what others have said, I went to a small liberal arts school that's not really known outside the region, did well, was able to develop relationships with professors and got into multiple top Masters programs. The sort of institution you go to at the Bachelors level isn't as significant in religion. Of course, a BA from an Ivy League school (or a Chicago, Duke, Stanford etc.) will look good come Ph.D. applications and job searches, but the advantage of transferring into a more prestigious undergrad is marginal at best since what matters at this stage is cultivating relationships with professors who can write good LORs for you and help you become a better writer.
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    YDS vs. HDS

    I think this is right: HDS casts itself as an interfaith divinity school whereas YDS is more a Christian oriented divinity school that welcomes those of other faiths
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    UVA, Union, BUST, YDS?

    I take it this is a way of saying "its fit, not scores, that gets you in. Perfect scores and a bad fit = rejection"
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    UVA, Union, BUST, YDS?

    First, wait to hear from Yale about admission/funding and from Union about funding. BU giving you full tuition is big though. One thing to note is that YDS, Union, and BU will ALL have a ministry focus to some degree since they're divinity schools/seminaries. This doesn't necessarily detract from their academic rigor. BU, for instance, is a good school with access to plenty of other top programs through the BTI (i.e. Harvard Divinity, Boston College, etc.). Going there and taking advantage of those resources will set you up well for applications. Further, since your interests are relatively broad, doing a degree in a divinity school/seminary setting might be good to help you narrow. I'm skeptical, for instance, that UVA's Theology, Ethics, and culture track will allow you to do much with your biblical studies/early Christianity interests (although they will be excellent for your 19th/20th religious thought interests). If you get into Yale with good funding I'd certainly go there, but you have a lot of good options on the table.
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    UChicago MA vs HDS MTS (for philosophy of religion)

    I think HDS is the clear choice here. Full tuition + stipend for a Masters degree in religion is a rare opportunity that you should take, even if Chicago is a better fit. You can certainly be trained in philosophy of religion at HDS, especially considering the resources of the BTI. Part of Masters programs is allowing your interests to be shaped by your mentors to some degree meaning, I take it, that if you go to HDS you won't have regretted it at the end. Best wishes with the decision.
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    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    I'm pretty positive they don't. If you're Episcopalian look at the Skinner scholarship, which is quite generous
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    Master's Admissions 2018 (MA, MTS, ThM or Mdiv)

    PTS generally does rolling admissions, so I wouldn't worry too much about not having heard yet. Especially if you're doing an MDiv, I don't think it would hurt to apply to Duke if the application is still open
  14. PTS's acceptance rate is between 40% and 50%. They're shrinking the student body some, so that might affect things. Between 30% and 50% is pretty standard for Masters programs at most big name divinity schools and seminaries.
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