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    Advice on selecting another recommender

    That's super tough. While I would like to think Professor B would be a much better recommender, my own anecdotal experience with that sort of thing has been that Professor A would be better. I'm sure it's been different for others, though. I would try to meet with Professor A a few times before they write the letter and maybe give them another paper to read (it depends on the professor as to whether or not they'll read it).

    Stipend Increase to $31,000 for PhD Students at Emory?

    That's probably pretty helpful considering the area that Emory is in. Decatur is expensive as hell.

    PhD Applications Fall 2019 Season

    Sounds like a good list! You should throw Notre Dame on there as well!

    Master's Admissions 2018 (MA, MTS, ThM or Mdiv)

    If you haven't heard from ND yet for the MTS, there is still hope. For some reason like 4-5 of the 15 applicants haven't even responded to their offers and, unless they do so by tonight, the offers will go to waitlisters. It's not definite, but there is a small amount of hope. **On a sidenote: If you're ever offered a spot in a program (M* or PhD), even if you don't intend to go to that program, DO NOT IGNORE PROFESSORS WHEN THEY EMAIL YOU. It's a really great way to make yourself look terrible to people who are actually working in the field you're hoping to enter.

    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    That might be the case. And I understand sitting on a couple. But if you have 3+, you should start narrowing things down.

    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    From what I can gather, there are a few (extremely inconsiderate) people sitting on a ton of acceptances. I know someone who was sitting on 5+ TT acceptances and didn't accept one until last week. A lot of schools don't have the time necessary to work through the administration to make offers at this point.

    Master's Admissions 2018 (MA, MTS, ThM or Mdiv)

    I know they've already notified the first wave of people. However, there is usually some movement in the acceptances as people go elsewhere. There might still be a chance you get in off the waitlist. It wouldn't be a terrible idea to message someone and ask. To what area did you apply?
  8. I have no idea if it is still the case, but while I was at the University of Georgia the head of the linguistics department was a fairly well known scholar focusing on Sanskrit and other Devanagari languages. There are also a couple of professors in the religion department focusing on SE Asian religion. It's not a tier-1 program, but the Religion MA set me up very well moving forward from there.

    Master's Admissions 2018 (MA, MTS, ThM or Mdiv)

    As far as I know for the MTS, the departments decide independently of one another. I've heard of people knowing WAY before others. ND also likes to extended MTS offers to a lot of people they interview for PhD stuff. I'd be patient for another week and hopefully some news will pop up.

    Master's Admissions 2018 (MA, MTS, ThM or Mdiv)

    They have already notified a lot of people for the MTS. They've already told at least one biblical studies person (HB). Are you HB or NT?

    UK PhD (Oxford) vs USA PhD (Baylor/Marquette)

    My advice likely wasn't helpful on its own. I was moreso agreeing with HTM18. In my experience, UK PhD's are recognized in the US, but much less so than US or top-tier Canadian (i.e. UToronto) degrees. Baylor (Baptist affiliation aside, academically speaking) is a top tier school.

    UK PhD (Oxford) vs USA PhD (Baylor/Marquette)

    I would take Baylor over Oxford in a heartbeat.

    Master's Admissions 2018 (MA, MTS, ThM or Mdiv)

    From my experience, ND really doesn't weigh GRE scores too heavily. The "required" number for even the PhD is pretty low. They obviously want decent scores, but it's not going to get your application thrown out if you aren't 160+ in both.

    Master's Admissions 2018 (MA, MTS, ThM or Mdiv)

    The competition for the MTS (at least in BS) is pretty steep. There are a lot of applications each year. However, the competition is Systematics/MT is probably much greater because Notre Dame is, from what I understand, the top choice for everyone who does ST or MT.

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