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    AOI: History of Philosophy, Historical Theology (Post-Enlightenment), Philosophy of Religion, Kierkegaard
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  1. Muse2019, as a current student at YDS, I can assure you that YDS is a great fit for “nones.” When I visited as a prospective student I was surprised at the diversity of the religious community, and (frankly) that visit won me over. I’d definitely recommend coming to admitted students day to get a feel for the atmosphere. @muse2019
  2. I applied to one school and found out yesterday I am on the waitlist. What are the odds of getting moved up on a waitlist? What should waitlisters do in the meantime? What is the timetable? In other words, how long might this draw out?
  3. I applied to the MAR in Philosophy. I am interested in both analytic and continental philosophy of religion, as well as the history of philosophy and historical theology after Kant. Thus, I felt that YDS offered something unique to my particular interests in both philosophy and theology. I wasn't trying to pitch anything really profound in my SOP, and my writing sample wasn't a hardcore analytic piece. My advisors encouraged me to be thorough and honest and not to try to "blow them away" with something profound. I tried to be honest in my desire and intentions in the program. Don't know if that advice was correct, but I guess I will find out tomorrow! Any school doing contemporary theology will--to some extent--interact with Continental philosophy. Also, I don't buy into the myth about Yale necessarily being partial to analytic. I met two really cool Yale MAR Philosophy students doing work in Phenomenology, if that makes you feel any better. Best of luck to you!
  4. Does anyone know (generally) what time we will find out tomorrow? I will not have internet access for a significant period of the day. I would like to know when I should slip out and check my mail.
  5. I hate to be a Debbie-Downer, but I am sure there are many frustrated (qualified) applicants receiving rejections. I am curious as to what your backup plans look like. Perhaps your "Plan B" could inspire someone here who is despairing or unsure of the next step. -How do you plan to move forward overall (vocationally, emotionally, etc.)? -If you've received a rejection letter, will you continue to pursue religious studies and/or theology on your own time? -If your target schools aren't an option, are there other programs you are interested in? -What outlets are available for you to engage your desired course of study outside of a university/Div school setting? What would those outlets look like (ministry, tutoring, something creative, etc.)?
  6. I am applying to 12 programs in philosophy this fall. I've received conflicting information from my advisors/letter writers regarding what I should do. I will graduate with a master's in theology in December (4.0 GPA). I already have a BA in philosophy and religion (3.3 GPA, 3.5 major GPA). I ultimately want a PhD in philosophy. About half of the schools I am applying to are MA programs and the other half are PhD programs. A couple of the PhD programs have a track record of accepting students with M* in theology/religious studies. "Professor A" tells me not to bother applying to MA programs because I can earn an MA along the way in a PhD program. He seems to think I can get into a PhD program without doing an MA in philosophy. Although I am flattered, I am aware of the fierce competition in this field and I want to get into the best program possible. "Professor B" (who has an MA in theology and an MA in philosophy) has encouraged me to apply to stand-alone MA programs in order to increase my chances of admission into a good PhD program. I'm trying to be realistic: I am expecting to get shut out of all 12 PhD philosophy apps if I apply without an MA. I have had a steady job for a few years while in grad school, I am debt free, my wife has a killer job in medical field and can get a job anywhere, we are both young, no kids, nothing tying us down. With my current job I can pretty much work from anywhere. Thus, I am willing to do an MA even if the funding isn't stellar (but I am shooting for a funded program, of course). Which professor should I listen to? Should I stick with my gut and apply for some MA programs, or should I go all in and only do PhD apps, in hopes that I get accepted and earn an MA along the way?
  7. I am interested in Kierkegaard. I am applying to both religious studies and philosophy programs in hopes of working with a Kierkegaard scholar. Aside from the above mentioned (which are great suggestions), there are some other notable Kierkegaard scholars in the U.S. in philosophy and religious studies/theology departments. They are not always easy to find, but there are some great S.K. specialists in the States. Here is a list of professors (of which I am aware) in graduate departments of philosophy, theology, and religious studies who specialize in and/or have recently published work on Kierkegaard (in no particular order): C. Stephen Evans (Baylor); Paul Martens (Baylor, Dept of Religion); Noel Adams (Marquette); John Davenport (Fordham); Merold Westphal (Emeritus, Fordham); Daniel Conway (Texas A&M); Michelle Kosch (Cornell); Vanessa Parks Rumble (Boston College); Peter Kreeft (Boston College); Daniel W. Brinkerhoff Young (NYU); David C. Wood (Vanderbilt); Paul DeHart (Vanderbilt, Dept of Religion); Marcia Robinson (Syracuse, Dept. of Religion); Edward Mooney (Emeritus, Syracuse); M. Jamie Ferreira (Emerita, UVA); Gregory Beabout (St. Louis University); Cyril O'Regan (Notre Dame, Dept of Theology); John Hare (Yale); Noreen Khawaja (Yale, Dept of Religion); Mark C. Taylor (Columbia, Dept of Religion); Lee C. Barrett (Lancaster Theological Seminary); Kyle Roberts (United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities); David J. Gouwens (Brite Divinity School); Terrence P. Reynolds (Georgetown, Dept of Theology); Husain Sarkar (Louisiana State University); Gregory Schufreider (Louisiana State University); Sean Turchin (Knox Theological Seminary); Paul Griffiths (Duke University, Dept of Religion). Don't count the U.S. out for Kierkegaard scholarship just yet!
  8. I'm interested in History of Philosophy (mainly Post-Kantian), Philosophy of Religion (Analytic & Continental), Philosophy of Mind, and Kierkegaard. I'm applying to MA and PhD programs in Philosophy: Baylor, Boston College, U of Kentucky, Fordham, Duquesne, Saint Louis University, Marquette I'm also applying to a few PhD programs in Religious Studies that cater to my interests: Yale, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Boston University, Columbia
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