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  1. sacklunch

    2019 MDiv MTS MA Applications

    ND's MTS is hands down the most competitive 'top' program of the kind, followed I would say by Yale's MARc. ND's MTS is fully funded and comes with a small stipend. As for posted numbers, consider the kind of person who even posts on this forum; it attracts a certain kind of applicant and all the more so for the results page. For most of us, it's too painful to type out those average/bad scores. Or people are misrepresenting their numbers (lying). Prolly a bit of both.
  2. sacklunch

    Seminary Options

    Your GPA is fine. Divinity schools, even those at the top, regularly accept students with such grades, especially for the MDiv. I don't know the stats, but I would say you have a better chance at getting into Duke or Harvard's MDiv than, say, a religious studies MA at University of Kansas. Last stats I saw, MDiv acceptance at such schools wavers between 40-60% year to year.
  3. sacklunch

    Jewish Theological Seminary?

    I have also studied at JTS and it's far from a yeshiva. It's fairly close to the environment you might encounter at e.g. PTS, but obviously the interests at JTS lean rabbinic rather than, say, biblical studies. I can't say that I know anyone with a PhD from JTS. It has a very good reputation, but is so closely associated with Jewish Studies/rabbinics that I suspect having a PhD from there would limit you to certain kinds of jobs. This may be fine for you, but it's something to consider. If the funding situation is as DavidMM says, then you might consider/apply elsewhere. If you want to do rabbinics, you could very well apply to Columbia and take lots of coursework over at JTS; and there are of course lots of top rabbinics scholars at other unis without any official religious affiliation.
  4. sacklunch

    Seeking Wise Counsel

    Your interests are very wide, which is understandable given your background. Attending GC will have wildly different outcomes, as far as your interests and future prospects, than will say BC. I can't speak to the field(s) of Ethics, but I can for biblical studies. Distance learning for languages is difficult, though less so for ancient languages, since most of what they teach in divinity schools is a passive form of learning within a very narrow literature (i.e. only reading the Hebrew Bible or Greek New Testament). I can't say for certain, but my guess is that if you're limited to distance learning, Catholic and secular schools have less biblical studies than Protestant schools. Well, before I ramble more here, tell us what you want out of this, end game.
  5. sacklunch

    Oxford Second master ( eventual Ph. D)should I even apply

    If you're from the USA (assuming you are), then, yes, you will likely get in; it's just you have to pay for it. I don't know your situation with the military, but I doubt they would pay for any of it (not covered under G.I. Bill?), since it is unrelated to internal, military advancement (e.g. becoming an officer). Don't let the prestige fool you. It is, of course, a great school; but American academics know that Oxford and the like almost always accept Americans (esp. for a masters), since we can take US federal loans to enroll. This means that when they (PhD admissions folk) look at your CV and see Oxford, they will immediately assume you paid for it and then wonder whether you went there because you weren't 'good enough' to get into a good school here for an 'elite' MA. I should be clear that I don't think such assumptions apply to students with impressive backgrounds: e.g. if you went to a well-known UG school in the US (or simply had good grades) and/or the same for your first MA, they (PhD admissions folk) might indeed assume you paid for the Oxford masters, but what follows--that you weren't 'good enough' to get into a program in the country and thus had to pay your way into an elite school--would not cross their mind. This is all rather speculative, and it is actually probably wrong if you intend to apply to PhD programs outside the usual R1 schools. Tell us more about what you actually want to study (or think you do) and where for the PhD.
  6. As already said, the admission process is very different. I'll add that while you are competing for a limited number of spots in the ThD, it's more or less the same for the PhD. Each year the number of accepted students changes for each subfield of the PhD and there is no way to know beforehand how the subfields are divided. It's not purely luck, but it's nothing you can control.
  7. For most Americans, Oxbridge is just not that competitive. It is very difficult to get full funding as an American there, but what isn't difficult is getting in and even paying for it through US government loans. Every American academic knows this, so they are very skeptical of any American who has a DPhil from basically any non-North American school. And honestly, I can't say I blame them. The few Americans I know who have a DPhil from a well-known European school (including Oxford) just don't seem to be all that well-prepared, academically and professionally, for the US market. They have no teaching experience and their writing is worse than most coming out of even a middling American department.
  8. sacklunch

    I'm not sure whether to pursue this path professionally.

    Your only real option is a masters, possibly an MDiv or MTS (or MAR). They simply do not teach classical Hebrew outside of these sort of programs (it should go without saying that a PhD program is out of the question given your language exp.) and you don't have the required coursework for basically all masters in related disciplines (e.g. Classics, Ancient Near Eastern studies, etc.). You said you don't want to 'lead' others and thus the MDiv is not of interest; perhaps then look at an MTS. But, given your stated goal, I'm not sure you even need this. Classical Hebrew is not a difficult language to teach oneself if you have little interest in the minutiae of philology. The Hebrew Bible is a tiny slice of the linguistic pie; and the modern resources (print and electronic) for the language allow one to navigate its text with relative ease. I'll also note that while modern Hebrew is in many cases very similar to classical, it is not at all the same (if it helps, I have studied both extensively).
  9. sacklunch

    I'm not sure whether to pursue this path professionally.

    Give us a bit more direction. What sort of 'professional' jobs are you thinking of? Professor-ship? What is your current level of secondary education? Language experience?
  10. sacklunch

    Another "Stats Needed for PhD Admissions" Query

    It really depends on the subfield. Given your stated interests, I am not the right person to say. You need to look at the backgrounds of students at programs of interest. This will be your best guide. On that note, take any recommendation here with a certain amount of suspicion, even from those of us who are currently in doctoral programs. What's expected varies so much from one subfield to another.
  11. sacklunch

    Another "Stats Needed for PhD Admissions" Query

    In short, no, one year of Latin is far from enough. Re a couple points made above. No MA in Classics will accept you, since basically all of them in the US require advanced proficiency in Greek or Latin and intermediate in the other (though you might look at 'ancient history' programs). A post-bacc in Classics is your only real option outside of religious studies/theology programs. And yes, if you expect to get into a decent doctoral program in that field, you are going to spend most of said MA in intro/intermediate language classes. There is no practical option here because academia is anything but practical. Catholic University has a great program, but many of its doctoral students are paying (through loans) for it, so that's something to consider (i.e. they might accept you, but expect you to take on 100k+ to get a degree that, in this job market, may not get you any job you want, unless you enjoy adjucting and making poverty wages). As someone else mentioned, many people in this field have two M* degrees; and I'll add that some of us even have two M* despite the fact that we had decent language exposure in undergrad. I'm not saying this is the norm, but it is not uncommon, which means at places like Notre Dame you are going to be applying against applicants who have been studying Latin and/or Greek since undergrad or even high school, through two M*, putting them a solid number of years beyond you.
  12. sacklunch

    Another "Stats Needed for PhD Admissions" Query

    We need more information about your interests. "Religion/theology" covers basically everything; having 1 year of Latin would be overkill for some programs and utterly insufficient for others.
  13. sacklunch

    Response times for popular journals within the field

    Perhaps mine was returned so quickly (a bit less than 6 months) from JBL because of what I submitted, which was an edition of an unpublished papyrus fragment. The editor responded that to be published with them I needed to have the papyrus carbon 14 dated and the ink tested. I guess the Jesus' wife fake scared them away. In any case, I guess that means JBL is out of the publishing papyri game (or any other ancient artifact for that that matter), since no reputable institution would allow such tests (which require destroying some of the artifact).
  14. sacklunch

    Response times for popular journals within the field

    I guess it depends even on the journal. I heard from JBL within six months.
  15. sacklunch

    Religion and Modernity PhD

    Unfortunately, this isn't the best forum for those interests (Marx- may chime in here?). I suggest you contact current doctoral students (not professors; their responses will be general, if they say anything) in programs of interest and ask these very questions. Because, as you say, what's expected is all over the map, you should only really take recs from those in the field who have made it into a program.

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