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  1. The ThM at Princeton Seminary is definitely meant to be completed in a year. You are generally taking the same Master's level classes that the MDiv and MATS students are taking, although it does have a thesis component, from what I understand.
  2. Hi all, I'm new to the ed forum on grad cafe, and am looking for a bit of advice from some of the more seasoned folks on this page. I'm currently in a master's program in religion and am interested in teaching at the high school level after graduation. I have a couple years of previous ed experience via AmeriCorps, and will have the appropriate experience to teach something in the vein of religion, humanities, introductory philosophy, etc after completing my current program. I'm interested in M.Ed programs for some more specific coursework in pedagogy and curriculum design, but fro
  3. Lots of good advice on this thread. (I can personally attest to @Rabbit Run's wealth of knowledge on this subject- he was really helpful to me when I was in the application cycle). I'm at PTS for the MDiv right now and it sounds like it would be a good fit for you, at least based on the info you shared. PM me if you wish to speak further about it. Also, if you're interested in the Presbyterian route, Union Pres could be a good fit. There are several students here who visited and loved it there; their funding and faculty have a good reputation.
  4. It's hard to make assessments based purely on anecdotal evidence, but I can say that I have not heard of or seen anyone working full-time and still maintaining a full course load. The people in my program who work do so primarily in part-time campus positions, etc. My sense is that you would find it quite difficult, if not impossible, at least at the school I am at.
  5. I always hated hearing this sort of thing when I was in college, but it turns out to be true- the great news is that your interests will continue to evolve according to your life circumstances and experiences, and (God willing), life is long enough that you have time to sort it all out. I'm sure your ESL experience will be a rich and informative one, and may steer you in a way that you can't anticipate right now. It may sound trite, but just take it as it comes, enjoy this moment in time, and read widely- it sounds like you have the skills and intrinsic motivation you need to succeed in the en
  6. I lived in Wheaton for two years (after college) for a job, and it's an interesting community. I don't know what sort of learning environment you are looking for, but my experience with Wheaton (the town) was that it was a quiet, affluent, mostly conservative evangelical community. (Again, no idea of what you're looking for; that was just my assessment of it while I was there.) It's nice to have direct access to Chicago via the West line, which takes you right downtown. It's an expensive area to live in, unless you are willing to leave in a nearby suburb like Carol Stream or maybe Glendale Hei
  7. I see...a glutton for punishment, then. There's nothing more we can do for you- godspeed.
  8. The choice is clear- I used to live in Chicago, and those winters are an abomination. Take the warm weather offer Duke offer. (disclaimer- all advice is offered in jest.)
  9. I'll be attending Princeton Seminary in the fall for an MDiv, and I'm afraid that I'm no help on some of these other schools- since they do rolling admissions, I went through my application deadline stress in the fall, and didn't finish even my app to Duke or Yale once I got the acceptance letter and financial aid offer from PTS, since they were my first choice anyway. Probably a bit lazy of me, but I'm happy with how it turned out. To the OP, I can't speak very specifically to your situation, but I've always been told that in the divinity school, the average master's student can expect t
  10. Location seems to not matter very much in this instance- couldn't you commute to BU or to Harvard from Brighton/Allston? I'm not an expert, but my fiancee is from the area and my sense is that Cambridge is pretty accessible through the MBTA (although again, I'm not an expert- maybe that's not true). I wrestled with some of the same questions myself as I sorted through where to do my mDiv (starting this fall), and I heard over and over again to take the funding if you are at least reasonably comfortable with the climate of the institution. The sort of positions an mDiv qualifies you for a
  11. Maybe this is an ignorant question, but anecdotally, it often seems that there are lower hurdles to a PhD in religious studies (broadly speaking) in the UK than a top tier program in the U.S. I once spoke with a professor who told me to look across the Atlantic if I ever got the PhD itch; you don't have to spend time stressing about your GRE scores, the length of the program is often shorter, and it's quite possible to find inexpensive programs. He told me that after his Master's program, he had struck out in his first round of applications to doctoral programs in the U.S., so he went over to
  12. Yes, as long as you feel even reasonably comfortable at the school, take the funding. School counseling is not a lucrative profession (I work in public education), and strengthening your financial profile will be valuable. While I'm not a school counselor myself, it is also my impression from speaking with my colleagues who are that your particular degree program serves essentially as a credential. In other words, it is not imperative that you chase institutional prestige to make your job applications stronger down the line. If you are offered an opportunity to minimize educational debt, my se
  13. I echo @menge. When I started looking into the best program for me (I was looking at MDivs, MTSs and MAs in Religion/Religious History for reference), I was told by most people that the only reason you should get an MA in Apologetics is if you are wanting to take some interesting classes and learn things that may benefit you in your ministry or day-to-day life. It is not typically considered a degree that will set you up for much further graduate study (you could probably leverage that degree in pursuing entrance to a D.Min program, but not a PhD). I say that with the caveat that you will alwa
  14. AdMeliora

    Princeton, NJ

    @Bleep_Bloop That's interesting. I visited last fall, and I picked up a little bit of the "small, cute, but a bit insular" vibe. I went to a large-ish public university in the south for college, so it will just be a rather different educational experience (and setting) than my previous one. (Not at all a bad thing, just different!) Living in New Jersey will certainly be different for me, too. My fiance is from New England, so the region will probably be less foreign to her than to me. We do get access to all university libraries, which is great. It does sound as though Princeton is a goo
  15. AdMeliora

    Princeton, NJ

    @Bleep_Bloop I appreciate your comment. That's not particularly surprising, but I am curious if you are in a field that would have any similar content with any programs from the Seminary (i.e. humanities, religious studies, ancient languages/history, etc)? I know that students at the Seminary occasionally take classes at the university and vice versa. It's not particularly important, I'm just curious. More generally, how is your experience living in Princeton? I've skimmed this forum, but most of the entries discussing the lifestyle there are at least several years old.
  16. AdMeliora

    Princeton, NJ

    Hi everyone! I'll be moving to Princeton next fall for a grad program at Princeton Seminary. Does anyone in this forum have experience there with housing, things to know, etc? I would also be interested to know if there is much overlap at all with the University, either socially or in academic life. I know the Seminary has a reciprocity agreement with the University, and so there may be a bit of interaction there in the occasional class, but was curious to know if anyone has comments on that. Thanks!
  17. Increasingly, I've been hearing about people doing shorter term master's programs, primarily in Europe, and it's a bit puzzling to me. It seems that oftentimes these programs in question seem to offer interesting material, but I can't seem to determine direct application of short programs with no solid training in disciplines like ancient languages, history, etc. Out of curiosity, does anyone have thoughts about the value of these sorts of programs? (I'm thinking primarily of these 1 or 2 year mLitt programs in things like 'Religion, Literature, and Culture,' or 'Bible and the Contemporary Wor
  18. For the Master's programs at PTS, admissions are rolling until their February deadline, and decisions come out 2-4 weeks after your complete application packet is submitted (your materials won't be reviewed until they have everything they have requested, including the background check, all transcripts and recs, etc). If you are applying for a doctoral program, I can't say for sure. I would echo @fuzzylogician- just ask the interviewer when you can expect to hear from them.
  19. I wouldn't stress too much. While I can't speak to the dual degree program specifically, your GPA and resume (always glad to see another AmeriCorps alum on here!) sound like they would be perfectly acceptable for the seminaries you listed (although I'm certainly not an admissions committee and can't guarantee it- just saying that according to those couple general specs, you sound like you may be able to put together a compelling application, broadly speaking). It has been said in other threads on this forum- acceptance rates for even those seminaries you listed may be as high as 40 or 50%
  20. I can't substantiate this claim with any data, but my experience while researching was similar. Several professors even acknowledged as much- one particular professor I spoke with had entered grad school hoping to do Renaissance Europe, but after surveying his professional prospects, switched to a different field. For those who desperately want a career in academic history and aren't married to a particular field, perhaps the opportunities are a bit better.
  21. Toward the end of my undergrad program (in History), I really wanted to pursue further study. Like many people in this forum, I dreamed of some nice tenure track job in a pleasant little college town, writing and teaching my days away. Before applying to grad programs, I dove into the research on careers in academic history, job prospects, etc, and was horrified. The reality was (and is), that even for those with the right academic pedigree, there simply are no jobs out there. I ran to (well, set up a couple appointments with) my favorite professors in the department and shared my angst with t
  22. Hi all, I know that people often get on this site hoping to find info on program rankings in religious studies/theology/Bible/any number of other fields and subfields. To that end, I wanted to offer up this article that I stumbled across today, which may be of interest to some of the people that frequent this message board. I don't know anything at all about the website on which the ranking appears, but Yale Divinity linked to it on their official facebook page this morning and I thought it was interesting enough. Disclaimer: This article is only speaking to mainline seminaries spec
  23. Thanks for that clarification, @Inemeph. I only saw the high points from that document, so I wasn't aware of that stipulation.
  24. Your point makes sense, but I wonder if you might expand a bit on what that meant in your own situation. When you say you changed, what did that mean for you? And furthermore, what do you perceive "the whole narrative" to be? I haven't entered a PhD program myself, although it's appealing, and so some of the comments in this thread that keep alluding to this idea of a false narrative, or casual comments about doctoral studies being completely different than expected are really intriguing. I'm not trying to push back, but I'm curious to hear more about how the experience could be so disappointi
  25. Boston, hands down. 40k is a lot of debt to emerge with, particularly in a field with pretty slim professional prospects. Receiving that first student loan bill eight years from now after you finish your PhD and are searching for a job would be somewhat less than gratifying. It's also worth saying that BU is not some shady online school- it is rather well regarded, and I think that you could have a very good experience there (plus, Boston is a great place to live). For me, if it was 50% at Chicago or full funding at Joe Schmoe's School of Religion and Theology, it would give me more pause. Tha
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