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    2015 Fall
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    Hebrew Bible/OT
  1. To clarify a bit, I should make the distinction between going into debt for a M* vs. paying (or partially paying) for an M* degree. This is just for me personally - but I didn't want to go into debt for a M* degree in the humanities, and then have to carry that debt into a multi-year PhD programme just watching the interest balloon the whole time. I did not receive full funding for my MA (which is a rare animal indeed), but was able to work while completing the degree and thus did not end up owing anything for it. It might be different for those students that get a ministerial degree li
  2. @tsgriffey, First, congrats on the Oxford admission! Well done. sacklunch's posts are most definitely spot-on here. The school name by itself just isn't the commodity it used to be. I have one friend who graduated with a M* ministry degree at HDS who is doing very well as a pastor in a church, and some former graduates of my (confessional) MA institution that have gone on to get PhDs in the UK who then were able to secure tenure-track positions here in the US and Canada. So, it *does* happen. But...I've known just as many, who have graduated with their PhDs in theology/biblical
  3. sacklunch, Those are good links - I'd seen the first one but not the others. There is also the most recent SBL report. Unfortunately, it doesn't really go into depth with the contingent faculty issue the way the AAUP report does. http://sbl-site.org/assets/pdfs/AY13-14jobsReport.pdf I'm curious - given the struggles of your fellow classmates now out on the job market, what is your motivation to remain in the field? Are you hopeful of beating those odds, or are these dire statistics and observations compelling you to think of a path alternative to academia?
  4. tsgriffey, Your questions are pertinent ones, and good questions to be asking at this stage (I see that you are in the midst of an application season yourself). You've probably already seen the very well-known blog posts, and articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education online, arguing the issue from multiple angles. So let me address your comments from the perspective of someone who has been working as a Civil Engineer while also pursuing an MA in Biblical Studies/OT and now applying to PhD programmes in the same field (OT). It pays to go into the PhD route in the Humanities with
  5. xypathos and Abdelazar, I'm starting to get a sense for just how common the boxer strategy is. Methinks I've been plotting my strategy all wrong until now...
  6. Kuriakos, Don't think this strategy didn't occur to me. I just couldn't decide on striped or rubber ducky patterned boxers. So, trousers it is.
  7. Hi friends, I was contacted by a potential POI for a PhD programme, and we have arranged a Skype conversation for next week. (If accepted, I would begin this coming Fall.) I've been on my share of professional and academic interviews in-person or over the phone, but this is the first time I've ever had such a thing over Skype. Thought I would throw it out to everyone if they had any experience with these things, and what went right/what went wrong in your experience? Did you prepare any differently than an in-person interview?
  8. You've identified a foundational "truth" about the length of time required for advanced studies. I did my MS in Civil Engineering a few years back, and my colleagues that went on for PhD work in Civil Engineering took an average of 3 years, I'd estimate, start to finish, including course work and dissertation. I'm now finishing up my MA in Hebrew Bible/OT, and I can vouch for the difference in research methodologies and background knowledge required to complete a successful thesis or dissertation in the sciences/engineering vs. HB. It's not that one field is "harder" than the other; it'
  9. sacklunch, Thanks for the insights and clarification. I was going mainly off of my experience of applying to TT PhD programs this past Fall in Bibl Studies/OT, and had noticed that some of the programs did accept students straight from their undergraduate programs, with the understanding that they would obtain their MA or equivalent on the way to the terminal degree. However, as you rightly mention, there is still the issue of obtaining the additional requirements, i.e. languages, which a student coming straight out of undergrad would not likely have attained.
  10. Aberdeen is a very respected institution among top faculty in the US, so I wouldn't think that it would be an issue getting your M* there and then applying for US PhD programs. It will really depend on the specific PhD program you're looking at down the road, as well as the graduate school's specific requirements. For example, many PhD programs will accept applicants straight out of their BA degree, while others (incl. some top tier schools) will require an M* degree before application. You may wish to contact a couple potential PhD programs and float the question by them, even though your
  11. I would agree, studying multiple ancient languages concurrently is not uncommon, at least at the introductory levels. The only exception that I can think of might be if one of the classes requires lengthy time-intensive translations as part of the coursework, but even then, should be manageable.
  12. ResidentAlien, I enjoyed your response While I truly do believe that a ministry job should be a calling, as trinitymatthew expressed above, I also do concede that it is an avenue of employment with a lengthy (and yes, occasionally, arbitrary) checklist for its applicants sometimes on par with the academic world.
  13. xypathos and trinitymatthew, you've given me some valuable insights - going off of your comments, perhaps being in the pastorate/priesthood with a PhD is not such "out of the box" thinking as I had first believed! trinitymatthew, you raise a good caution about the ordination process. I wouldn't want to give the impression that I would enter the pastorate simply as a "back up" plan to an academic career - I agree that this would not be a move of integrity. My ambition all along has been to teach the wonderful things that I have been learning, and as I finish my MA I have come to recognize
  14. Hi all, Still considering re-applying to PhD programs in OT/Bibl Studies after an unsuccessful application season for '14. Which has, consequently, continued to stoke a question within me that I'd like some of your feedback on. I've known a few (very intelligent) individuals to move into a pastoral/ministry role after obtaining their PhD degree in OT, NT, or Theology. I of course realize that there are other terminal degrees besides an academic PhD that would be more traditionally expected for those individuals intending to enter ministry. However, at least in some circles there see
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