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  1. I know in my sub-field of humanities, employers look for those who have had coursework at an advanced degree level in addition to the teaching experience that others have pointed out. Both coursework and teaching experience are required in the US PhD programs. For this reason, do you think that Canadian PhD programs that require coursework and teaching experience will be viewed equally with US PhD programs assuming that the the two are equal in terms of rank and reputation? I will be starting a PhD program in Canada that is considered top tier this fall where I would be required to take co
  2. This is the question that I've been thinking about recently. So it sounds like the list includes: publications, conference presentations, funds/awards, networking, and teaching experience. (1) What about grades and recommendations? I'm about to start a PhD program this fall, and I'll be taking only a handful of courses for the coursework phase. Of course the courses that I select should be relevant with my research, but should I target certain scholars in my field for recommendation purposes? Do employers care about grades and GPA at this point? (2) And what about being involved in
  3. So I've been wait listed fairly early (about 6 weeks ago), but I haven't heard a peep since. I remember reading somewhere that when you are wait listed, it's better to not hear from that school until late in the application season--if you hear back early than it's likely a rejection, but if you hear back later into the application season, then there's a greater chance that you've been accepted. I'm not quite understanding the logic behind this, so my question is if there is any truth to this. Is there a correlation between earlier/later updates and acceptances/rejections?
  4. I have a question that might be very obvious to some of you: why are Canadian programs so different than US programs in terms of funding? I know that some US programs don't offer full funding, but I thought that most of them did. The only explanation that I received from various Canadian students and faculty is that the tuition rates are very cheap for domestic students, so the little financial package that is offered goes a long way for domestic students. On the other hand, for international students like myself, the financial package offered is actually more than what is offered to domes
  5. Hi, I've been wait listed at my top choice (X) a few months ago, but I haven't heard back since. Meanwhile, I was accepted into one of my preferred options (Y), but the funding is very limited. Y wants me to let them know by 3/31 (it is an international school and does not follow the 4/15 principle). In X's email regarding the wait list from a few months back, it mentioned to let X know if I want to withdraw my application in case if I hear from other schools; there was no mention of where I stood in the wait list even when I inquired further Should I email X, letting them know that I'
  6. Those interviews in the results page were not part of the official admissions process at PTS; they were initiated by individual professors. At least this year, PTS does not do interviews. The closest thing that it does is host an "Admitted Student Visit Day" sometime in March for those who received acceptances. Based on the results entries, all notifications should be released on the last Friday of February (i.e., today).
  7. Has anyone received an automated message from Baylor that they didn't receive one of your required documents until today? I received this email just now and I'm wondering if I should contact them to make sure that my application is okay. Also, in my dashboard, it says that some of the items in my application are missing or that they were received on 12/16 (due date was 12/15). I never worried about it because I received a confirmation email on 12/16, and I was later waitlisted so I assumed that they were able to review my full application. Should I be concerned and contact them?
  8. I don't have any first-hand information on this, but you might be able to construct a rough timeline using the results search (though there aren't too many listings, and things could be different this year). For example: http://www.thegradcafe.com/survey/index.php?q=rice+religion&t=a&o= http://www.thegradcafe.com/survey/index.php?q=rice+religious&t=a&o= Others could probably answer this question better than me, but would it hurt to send an email to the program's admissions department? For all of my applications, they told me the general timeline via either their websi
  9. I've been wait listed at Baylor via email today. Does this basically mean that I won't receive a decision until mid-April?
  10. Has anyone been accepted into a doctoral program in Religious Studies and been utterly surprised by it? Most that I hear about the admissions process is how competitive it is, and how unlikely one is to be admitted. Of course this is true, but I thought it'd be worthwhile to hear stories of some of you who have been accepted even though you felt like your situation was particularly improbable. Also, why did you think that your situation was particularly improbable--what aspects of your application process were most troubling to you? And in hindsight, what aspects of your application do yo
  11. Hi, I had a quick question regarding the admissions process for doctoral programs. I applied to a few programs for NT studies. For some, like Baylor, I haven't received any invitations to interview. Does that mean I'll eventually be rejected? Have any of you been admitted to a doctoral program without being interviewed, even though that program typically conducts interviews? I'm sure every school is a little different, but I assume that if I did not get invited to interview, then I'll either be rejected or I have a slim chance of being admitted, but only after being wait-listed.
  12. Tollelege, your response is helpful. If you're not too busy, I sent you a PM and I'd love to hear some more of your thoughts.
  13. newenglandshawn - thank you for your response. Looks like you are right on--our backgrounds are almost identical. I'm sending you a PM in case if you want to continue the dialogue.
  14. Thank you all for your responses--each of them is very helpful! Although I am concerned about how conservative my seminary is, I am more concerned that the only degree that I have is an MDiv. I presume that all of the other applicants have more advanced degrees, and that the applicants that do have only MDivs probably have exceptional credentials (e.g., higher GPA, near 99% GRE, publication(s), presentation(s) at SBL, stronger recommendations [or connections], etc.) that would make me look very ordinary. I looked briefly at various student bios at these types of institutions, and most of t
  15. Hi everyone, I am trying to get admitted to a mainstream NT PhD program in the US (see list below), and I'd like to hear your thoughts on whether or not I should apply now or if I should obtain further degrees. I am finishing up an MDiv degree at a pretty conservative, evangelical seminary. From what I've heard, the reputation of my seminary is not very positive among the mainstream institutions to which I'm applying--although my seminary has a positive reputation in regards to its academic rigor and emphasis on original languages among conservative institutions (in fact, I think I could g
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