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    2018 Fall
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    Historical Theology

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  1. EarlyXianity

    PhD Applications Fall 2019 Season

    I majored in Classical Studies in undergrad, so I have a strong background in Latin and Greek. I'm conversational in Spanish and I have a year of introductory Hebrew. I have not yet studied French or German, though I am confident I would have German in hand before matriculation. I've gotten feedback from a few POI's in last year's cycle; some of whom encouraged me to apply again. Others who suggested that while my application was very strong, it would likely leave me persistently just on the outside looking in. Some of that is a matter of field-- I am primarily interested in historical theology, which means that some schools would prefer that I apply in theology and some in historical studies. Some of it is a matter of fit. Some of it is a matter of background, during my M.Div., I had to take classes oriented both to my (developing) academic interests and to my ordination requirements. When I began my masters, I thought that any further academic pursuits would be in NT. So, I have a lot of NT and a lot of Theology, and a lot of Classics knowledge, but not a lot of classes in pre-reformation historical theology. The point of my sharing is not to find all of the deficiencies in my own application. It is to say that people with good stats, research skills, clarity about their project, and strong recommendations do, in fact, strike out. I don't know enough to know whether my experience is widespread. I do know that many of my POI's have reiterated what a complex process it is, and that many, many admittable applicants are turned down each year.
  2. EarlyXianity

    PhD Applications Fall 2019 Season

    I think it's more a matter of self selection than anything. Both because there are many zealous folks, and because those of us who haven't been admitted are less inclined to post. I submitted six applications last year. I have 168V/164Q/4.5AW, 3.7GPA BA from regional liberal arts school and 3.7 M.Div. from TT seminary and strong recommendations. I did not receive any offers or interviews. I am applying again this year, and I hope for different results. I retook the GRE in hopes of bumping up my writing score and I have been honing my personal statement and my writing sample. I've been out of school and serving in parish ministry for 6 years, so that's a bit different too. It really is a crap shoot. Best of luck to you!
  3. Per the director of the Ph.D. program at Duke last year, they definitely care about the GRE. He mentioned it along with recommendations and the SOP as the three things that are most important.
  4. EarlyXianity

    Rejection/Plan B/Venting

    I'm currently serving in the parish as an ordained minister, and could do this work for a lifetime. I have a deep desire to study more deeply, and I would love to do that in a formal, residential, academic program in the states. I will apply for one more cycle, and expand potential schools in the coming year, but if that doesn't work, I will consider overseas, non-residential programs and/or try to find other ways to deepen my study. Serving where I am, far away from a theological library, I've found Vanderbilt's Kesler program to be a tremendous access to let me have access to books that I otherwise would be unable to afford. I've found xypathos' words to be true, though -- not continuing to read and write is, for me, not an option.
  5. EarlyXianity

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

    I have heard the US over UK programs (in terms of US jobs) in various places. Is there data supporting that, or is it mostly anecdotal?
  6. EarlyXianity

    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Has anyone gotten a *rejection* from Notre Dame? I see that there are some acceptances and waitlists. I fully expect a rejection since I didn't get an interview, but nothing's come through.
  7. EarlyXianity

    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    I know it’s a lot to ask a school to coordinate such things, but can we agree that it’s bad form to send a rejection letter, an annual fund email, and make an annual fund call on the same day? ? #enjoytheapplicationfee
  8. EarlyXianity

    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Nothing from Duke for me either. I suspect that means I’m lower than “waitlist” on the hierarchy.
  9. EarlyXianity

    Application Post-Mortem Evaluation

    I'm curious to hear more of the specifics of what you did in that interim year if you're willing to share.
  10. EarlyXianity

    Application Post-Mortem Evaluation

    I'm a pastor, so I'm already pretty careful in terms of what I put out into cyberspace. Even so, I wonder if should have gone "dark" just so that conversations I have on Twitter or FB about specifics of what's happening in my denomination or current events don't jade an admissions committee.
  11. EarlyXianity

    Application Post-Mortem Evaluation

    As I await responses and assume the worst, I find myself evaluating and second guessing various elements of my application and other aspects of the application process. I'd love to glean from the wisdom of the rest of you as I consider the possibility of applying for a second time next year What would you do differently if you were preparing your applications now (or what have you done differently if you didn't get in in the first cycle that you applied), in terms of: where you applied? how you communicated with programs before applying? asking/disabling social media and other online presence? elements of your application -- writing sample, personal statement, etc.? seeking opportunities to publish/present? other things I might not be thinking of? Though I'm new to the forum, I'm betting participation drops off significantly by the end of the admissions cycle, and I would love to glean from your collective wisdom here before everyone disappears!
  12. EarlyXianity

    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    I missed that SMU/Perkins acceptance from last week. Has anyone claimed that? Has anyone else heard from SMU?
  13. EarlyXianity

    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Those are both great options. I’d say field, POI, and the fit of your research interest and matter the most at this point. And if the funding is workable. Duke ThD has an excellent placement rate at small liberal arts schools, especially those with “theology” departments rather than “religious studies” departments. I don’t know as much about Vandy’s placement rates, but I’m sure they are available. When considering funding, don’t forget to consider health insurance, conference travel, etc.
  14. EarlyXianity

    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    No Th.D. for me this year.
  15. EarlyXianity

    PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Mine were submitted to the University and subsequently cross listed with the Divinity School. But it could be that stuff merged differently for me since I was a student there once upon a time.

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