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  1. To Be or Not to Be: Why Pursue a PhD in Bible? This will be a luncheon webinar aimed at recruiting more minoritized scholars into biblical studies. The webinar is a follow-up to the recent #BlackScholarsMatter symposium and is co-sponsored by the Society of Biblical Literature and Forum for Theological Exploration. Panelists will discuss why one should pursue a PhD in Bible, how to position oneself for it, support structures one can avail to succeed in their PhD program, and the various available career paths in the changing landscape of theological e
  2. @marXian, glad to hear this! I just finished exams and have been pondering downloading Scrivener as I begin the dissertation process.
  3. If a PhD route is your go-to after your M* the most important thing for you to research is graduation placement rates into PhD programs from both schools. If one school is continually placing students in programs you would want to attend more so than the other one, than your decision should be made.
  4. Boston College's reputation and alumni network is nothing to shake a stick at. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Boston_College_people#Law,_politics,_and_public_service). Also, you would be much better connected to the network of Jesuit High Schools if you wanted to teach at that level.
  5. Just a reminder that a good number of the schools being applied to on this form have made decisions to transition most or all classes online to hinder the spread of COVID 19. This may result in delayed responses or notifications as faculty members scramble to transition their class to an online format.
  6. @NothingtoProve, you'll want to make sure those interviews or acceptances are from the same sub-field that you have applied to since there's a chance different sub-fields send out info a different times. I will say for me, Emory didn't reject me till March 22nd, so it kinda felt like there was an unofficial wait list I was on just in-case all of the interviewed applicants turned acceptances rejected their offer of admission. That being said, it is most likely that you did not get in if these interviews and acceptances were from the same sub-field to which you applied. There may be
  7. A couple people have asked for interview tips: Be able to answer both why you want a graduate degree in the field and why you want a graduate degree in the field from that institution. The more specifics the better. Show the committee how you achieve the mysterious "fit" that every one talks about. Not why you want a Ph.D. but their Ph.D. Part of fit is showing how your educational trajectory fits in with the research agendas of professor, but also be open about areas of weakness and what the program offers to equip you to be a more well rounded scholar. Be able to describ
  8. @weakbutscrappy, interviews almost always mean that the school is interested enough to at least wait list you. Faculty are way too busy to entertain interviews, even Skype ones, for applicants who they wouldn't think about admitting. Most of the time there are about four groups of applicants: 1) The immediate rejects 2) The non-interviewees that are at the bottom of the waitlist (sometimes granted a future interview if enough people turn down their offers of admission). 3) The interviewees that get waitlisted 4) The interviewees that get accepted in the first round.
  9. Most programs don't care about the quant score, but are looking for at least a 160+ verbal and and 5+ in writing. One DGS I spoke to said as long as their average for quant is 40-60% percentile, they are ok (because the graduate school cared about overall rankings across graduate programs....).
  10. Meeting in person is not necessary, though it may very well be beneficial, as you note. An email exchange with one/a couple prof(s) who you may be interested in directing your dissertation is pretty typical. This also can help with developing a SOP for that particular school/department (and how these profs might be of help, since department websites are notoriously out of date with professors' research interests). However, I know of some people (including myself) who have gotten in to funded programs without previous communication with the department beyond the application. In these cases, the
  11. It really depends on what level Hebrew class you get into. The most common graduate language courses are the introductory courses, which in your case may be redundant. However, an intermediate or advanced Hebrew course that works closely with a full grammar (Jouon, Waltke/O'Connor) would definitely be of service to you. Even if you hope to focus on NT in your PhD it is likely you will need to pass a Hebrew competency exam. And many departments are looking for Advanced competency in Greek and intermediate in Hebrew even from an applicant. Moreover, deeper knowledge of Hebrew through your MTS ma
  12. While institutions may claim it to be possible, I would do an in depth search of current and recently graduated students from the institution to see if they have actually accepted any students with an M* degree (as @sacklunch also suggested). The language may simply be a carryover from times gone by when this was more the norm. That being said, you will also want to figure out the process, if there is one, of being able to be accepted into an M* program at the institution if your application does not acquire you a PhD spot and the level of funding available for said M* program.
  13. Ask about culture of the program. Conference travel support. What the program is doing to help prepare the students for the job market, apart from adding three letters after their last name. Get a better picture of the TAship program, if there is. Ask anything that can get the chair to brag on their program, the distinctives, why that person chose to work at that uni, etc. But definitely email a couple of the students in the program and ask them if you can buy them a beer and pick their brains. They will be more forthcoming with the goods and the bads of the program. As @theofan sa
  14. A couple things. First, don't worry about the publication for now. Most pre-Ph.D. program publications are looked upon with skepticism, and it can hurt you down the road if it does not represent the best of what you can do. Second, your lack of Hebrew will hurt you, there's really no way around it. While I am not familiar with the minimum/suggested requirements for every program, most expect some level of proficiency in both languages (e.g., Baylor prefers 12 hours of your primary ancient language and 6 hours of the other when you apply). Even if there is not set requirement, you will ty
  15. If your goal is to enter the pastorate, why do you want to go into these programs, given the enormous cost they will entail? Don't get me wrong, I am in favor of pastor's having as much education as possible, but the intense research nature of PhD programs is not always easily transferable to a local ministry context. If you are not yet serving in a pastoral role, this will become even more difficult. If you are going to have to take out loans to pay for three years of study and living in the UK, will you be able to pay them off of a ministry salary (in addition to whatever student loans
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