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  1. If I had all time and money in the world with an admissions letter, I would want to do an MD (Psychiatry)/PhD (Theology) combination and do work on Hermeticism, Jungian Hermeneutics, and other generally spooky topics related to the intersection of medicine and magick. I honestly don't even know where would be good for that given how niche those interests are lol.
  2. Precisely. The MDiv is three years and generally includes a broad curriculum of scriptures, history, theology and ministerial (pastoral care, preaching, liturgy, etc.) courses to prepare candidates for ordination. An MTS (or MAR, as mine was called) is generally two years that is either focused on a particular field (systematic theology, early church history, etc.) or comprehensive (think smaller MDiv) and intended for lay ministries. That said, a fair number of MDiv holders go on to get PhDs. The pathways certainly have some overlap.
  3. Harvard is the only M.Div program that has ever dinged me. I can only assume my chances for the PhD there are non-existent lol.
  4. Thanks for the reply. Should the conversation stick to research interests and if/when new students will be taken, or is it also appropriate to ask what you can do to improve your chances? Mainly concerned in my case for my lack of languages (elementary Spanish, German). Going to try to get both of those up to intermediate by the time of application and maybe introductory French. My focus is modern so I dont predict too much delving into ancient languages.
  5. Hey all, I've decided to go ahead with pursuing the PhD route and National Guard Chaplaincy. I am currently looking at Drew University, Claremont School of Theology, and perhaps Boston U and Claremont Graduate University as well. I am also open to suggestions. Anywhere with a focus in process theology or "Emerging" traditions (paganism/new age/contemprary) would likely work; though in the first case I would likely have a rough time migrating to a philosophy department. I have identified who I would like to work with at Drew and CST. Is it appropriate to contact them to make sure they
  6. Hey all, I've decided to go ahead with pursuing the PhD route and National Guard Chaplaincy. I am currently looking at Drew University, Claremont School of Theology, and perhaps Boston U and Claremont Graduate University as well. I am also open to suggestions. Anywhere with a focus in process theology or "Emerging" traditions (paganism/new age/contemprary) would likely work; though in the first case I would likely have a rough time migrating to a philosophy department. I have identified who I would like to work with at Drew and CST. Is it appropriate to contact them to make sure they
  7. I'm not going to lie I died a little inside when I read this. Did not know it was an option...
  8. 56M (Chaplain Assistant) to 37F (PSYOP). Flunked right out of DLI Korean but did just fine in another language taken elsewhere. Trying to see if they'll take me as a Chaplain and that will be the deciding factor.
  9. First off, let me say I am pulling for you. In the big picture, and law is better balanced in this regard, I think the academy and divinity especially would do well to have more practitioner-scholars in tenure track positions. In the small picture, its like reading into my own future, as it appears I will be finishing a military career then applying for doctoral studies around the time I am your age. Anyways, right to it. I think your perfect end state would be teaching at a law school in a university that also has a divinity or RS faculty to fully maximize the mutual benefits of your "law
  10. Amer. Baptists yes, the rest definitely seem to shuffle from year to year. The frozen chosen (PCUSA), Episcopalians, and the African Methodist Episcopalians seem to have strong representation with the Amer. Baptists at the moment. And I should reemphasize that while we tend to average a UU student or two, and I've had a good time here (I'm still not sure they know what to make of me, though they are kind about it ) CRCDS is still a liberally Christ-centered institution.
  11. Ordained ministry is definitely the most common route for graduates. However, I think this has more to do with CRCDS' strong regional reputation and the fact that we have a good track record obtaining placements for those who want them (Even from my non-trad background, and being open about said background, I found intern-placement at a liberal-mainline church and will say that my school affiliation helped). About half of our graduates serve their faiths in other ways though, and your research interests relating to the interface between Trauma and religious formation would find a home here on
  12. Hello agfun83, Sorry to hear about your negative experience. I rarely get this precise on these forums but based on what you've described I think you would be a perfect fit for the school I currently attend (Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School). The school was founded in the American (liberal) Baptist tradition and primarily caters to Episcopalians, American Baptists, Presbyterians, and African Methodist Episcopal ordination candidates. They are *extremely* flexible with transferring credits to keep your costs down as long as your school was ATS accredited (case-by-case if not I
  13. Sharing your research interests and/or professional goals would be useful to the rest of us who may be able to recommend other good fits for you to apply to. I don't think Notre Dame is out of the question (as you said, you expect the rest of your app to be great, and your UG is still an ivy) but I think everyone should apply to at least 4 schools both for security and options in case their situation changes.
  14. I think the GREs are most important for folks with low GPAs (to alleviate doubts about academic potential) and who convey commitment to using the MTS as a stepping stone to the Ph.D (to convey promise for future doctoral admissions). I speculate social justice/NGO/lay ministry types are evaluated more on what they have done and what they can contribute to the incoming class than numbers.
  15. Also, is a 3.07 in Pakistan the same as a 3.07 here? Most other nations do not curve as generously as the US and it may payoff if you can prove this with your class ranking.
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