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  1. _Athena_

    YDS vs. HDS

    Thanks for the clarifications. I was much less informed when I wrote that, so my apologies if I misinformed anyone.
  2. Thanks for your response! The Yale Divinity School has a very Christian-oriented atmosphere, which is off-putting to me, personally. That is not to say that it trickles into every aspect of student life (and you can certainly take classes outside the Div School), but it would be more difficult to engage with the community there than it would be at Harvard, whose Divinity School is more interfaith and non-sectarian. EDIT: I should also mention that I got the same amount of funding from both, so it's a non-factor.
  3. Hello, everyone! I have been accepted at Harvard (Master of Theological Studies in Hebrew Bible - 2 years) and Yale (Master of Arts in Religion in Second-Temple Judaism - 2 years) Divinity Schools, my end goal being to gain admission to a top Ph.D. program. The deadline to decide is fast approaching, yet I am still so unsure... I strongly feel that Harvard would be a better fit for me in terms of its atmosphere, but the specific program to which I applied is a bit in flux (there is currently no Hebrew Bible professor, in the traditional sense. The search is on to find one, and other professors pick up the slack, but who knows how long that will take?). Additionally, both of the two primary professors with whom I would be working in the Divinity School will be on sabbatical at some point during my time there (one will be on sabbatical this fall, and the other will be on sabbatical for the entirety of my second year, after which time he may retire). Granted, I would be able to take classes and work with professors outside the Divinity School, as students are able to move fluidly between departments (primarily in the Near Eastern Languages & Cultures department, in my case). Yale, on the other hand, boasts a significant cohort of professors in my field within the Divinity School. At this point in time, the program there is more stable than the one at Harvard; however, I feel less drawn to its atmosphere, and less excited about it, to be honest. So, how heavily should I factor fit into this decision? Obviously, I know it would be hard to go wrong with either school, and I realize how lucky I am to be able to choose between the two. Any and all thoughts would be appreciated!
  4. _Athena_

    YDS vs. HDS

    That's good to keep in mind. Thanks!
  5. _Athena_

    YDS vs. HDS

    As an aside, has anyone attended YDS as a non-Christian? If so, do you mind sharing your experience?
  6. _Athena_

    YDS vs. HDS

    Blegh. Yeah...it's probably still worth tactfully asking if he's close to retirement.
  7. _Athena_

    YDS vs. HDS

    Also, for anyone curious, Jon Levenson is at least staying until Spring 2019 (his course offerings for the year are listed in the HDS student handbook).
  8. _Athena_

    YDS vs. HDS

    I think I'll go ahead and do that. Thanks!
  9. _Athena_

    YDS vs. HDS

    Thanks so much! Congratulations to you, too.
  10. _Athena_

    YDS vs. HDS

    That's a good idea! Who should I ask - professors, maybe, or admissions?
  11. _Athena_

    YDS vs. HDS

    That's good to keep in mind - thanks! I certainly see the benefit of that, but my primary interests don't really lie in Early Christianity. I hope I can stick with Judaism and still be marketable!
  12. _Athena_

    YDS vs. HDS

    Yeah, no problem! The extended M.A.R. is definitely something to consider if you wish to delve deeper into HB/NT, but I don't know too much about the S.T.M. degree. I think it would probably be difficult to determine now whether that would be necessary, but I'm sure extra coursework couldn't hurt. I'm honestly more undecided now than I was before. I feel like I could almost make an arbitrary decision and still be fine, because both schools have excellent reputations and respective academic strengths. I think it will come down to which school is a better fit. In any case, I'm still in the process of talking to professors, so I could easily see myself choosing either one.
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