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    Dallas, Texas
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    Duke MTS

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  1. Hello! I am just now finishing up a graduate certificate in Koine Greek, but I am trying to plan if I want to also do graduate-level Biblical Hebrew. I start my MTS at Duke this Fall. I took Biblical Hebrew I & II as an undergraduate student, so I am familiar enough with the language. However, when I go to apply for a PhD, I am afraid that undergraduate-level Hebrew won't be looked at as favorably as graduate-level. Is that true? I am hoping to focus on the New Testament in my PhD program, but I want to be well-rounded with having Hebrew as well. I thought about possibly finding a graduate-level Hebrew Grammar class to enroll in eventually. Thoughts?
  2. Hi y'all, I have accepted an offer to study at Duke this Fall, but I am wondering if anyone can speak to how intense a full-time load is (12 hours each semester). I have flexibility at my current job, because it is something that can be done online. So basically, I will tell them how many hours I would like to work, and they will probably accommodate me. My wife will be working a full-time job, so I won't technically need to work. BUT, I don't want to drain our savings account if I don't have to. I am currently working 24 hours a week, and I also have another part-time gig as a worship leader that adds an additional 8 hours or so a week. I have been able to maintain this schedule throughout my entire full-time undergraduate degree (taking anywhere from 12-15 hours a semester). However, I have heard people tell me that graduate course work is much harder than undergrad, and that I'll need much more time in my schedule. As academics, I suppose we think it's always preferable to only spend your time studying. But I've realized in my undergrad that taking my time and slowly reading a text doesn't always mean that I'll get more out of it! Those of you with experience in these things, what would you recommend??
  3. 25% more, so it's just 50% now! It was what I was asking for. Now I'm wondering if I should have asked for more, ha! 🤔
  4. Hey guys, tying it back in to @JHubbs financial question earlier, I requested extra funding from Duke University and heard back yesterday that they're giving it to me! Pretty awesome! That means I'll be headed there this Fall! You never know what might happen when you just ask.
  5. How come you're so helpful?? This is great, thanks! Yes, I'm married, so we would be looking for accommodation that works for both of us. I'll be sure to check out the "FriendshIp House" that you mentioned. It's challenging making graduate school work financially, but I do realize that we're pretty much all in the same boat. Everyone wants more aid! I think I'll ask him to extend my deadline though. If I could just get closer to 50% tuition, then I would be able to move forward with this no problem. We shall see.
  6. Hey guys, I'm back on here again... I emailed Duke to see if I could get any more funding (beyond the 25% tuition they are already giving me), and I received an encouraging email from the Director of Admissions. However, I'm pretty sure it was a copy-and-paste response. Basically, he said that it's certainly possible for Duke to give me more funding (both before and after enrollment), but they can't make any promises right now. He also said that he could delay my acceptance of Duke's offer another month to the end of April, so that I have more time to consider my options. His answer is very cryptic though. Is there actually a likelihood that they could increase my aid amount, or not? He said, "Should an opportunity [for more money] develop prior to enrollment, I will be proactive in reaching out." I could just accept his offer to extend the deadline, of course, but I need to start making plans to move soon, if Duke is really where I'll end up! I don't want to pester him, but should I ask if there is a more formal way of making a petition?
  7. Thank you for the advice and help! Much appreciated!
  8. I did not get into the Oxford program, even though I thought I had a chance! I will likely be going to the Duke MTS. Has anyone done this program? I know this is something that I could ask the university itself, but do they do summer semesters there for MTS students? I'm wondering if I could finish the degree in less than 2 years.
  9. Thank you for the encouragement! I agree with you that taking out loans for Oxford seems more worth it. I am also a fan of the British system. I do hope they accept me! But, alas, Duke is also a great option to fall back on.
  10. Oh man, rejected from Yale! I'll have to wait till next week to see what Oxford says. If I'm rejected there, then I might be moving to North Carolina for the Duke MTS!
  11. They say to check the application portal (https://apply.divinity.yale.edu/account/login?) I think they're also supposed to send out an email, but last year they posted the decisions online before they sent any emails.
  12. Happy YDS Decisions Day everyone! I'm refreshing my application portal like every 5 minutes, but still nothing...
  13. Last year it looks like the decisions were posted online in the afternoon. I wish they automatically released at midnight tonight though!!
  14. Anyone else apply to Oxford? I saw that someone posted an acceptance for the Theology MSt in History of Christianity. That must mean that the theology department is starting to send out acceptances! I'm feeling anxious.
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