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  1. I am wondering what institutions offer MAs in the Old Testament/Semitic languages, that have extensive amounts of Hebrew exegesis, ancient near eastern backgrounds, and even cognate languages (Ugaritic, Akkadian, etc)? I have found very few programs that offer this kind of rigor/coursework on a master's level. It seems like that you can't get to this level unless its on a PhD. Here's the ones I've found/am aware of. Any others? I'm giving a list of what I've found, but many may not meet what I am looking at (a pre-doctoral program you could go into straight from undergraduate; with possibly some Hebrew coursework in between). https://www.tiu.edu/divinity/programs/master-old-testament-semitic-languages/ - Probably the best one I've found, but the financial troubles at school concern me. https://semitics.catholic.edu/academics/graduate-programs/master-of-arts/index.html https://www.sebts.edu/academics/masters/MA_Research/MA-old-testament.aspx (not considered "prestigious" or "reputable" far as I'm aware). https://nelc.sas.upenn.edu/index.php/hebrew-judaic-studies Think they have an MA, not just a PhD? https://www.gordonconwell.edu/degrees/mats/ I think this degree would fit the academic rigor/reputation requirements? Believe that this previously offered program was folded into it? https://divinity.yale.edu/academics/degree-and-certificate-requirements/concentrated-master-arts-religion-mar/hebrew-bible https://www.brandeis.edu/near-eastern-judaic/graduate/masters/index.html https://catalog.wheaton.edu/graduate/biblical-theological-studies/biblical-exegesis-ma/#requirementstext Trying to focus on schools that would give education to prepare for academia, not necessarily pastoral ministry. Feedback on these programs I've found? Any reputable programs that I've missed? Any of these not what I think they are? Also interested/willing to hear about PhD programs that have a master's degree en route (as long as one could go directly from undergraduate). Sorry for dumping all of this. Don't expect detailed review of all of these links. I'm just trying to see if I am looking at the right places/thinking about the right kind of programs and any of them stand out as good options or bad choices.
  2. Hi everyone, This is a painful share but I want to believe that I am (not) alone. I am an International student, M.A. Community Psychology and Social Change in the US. GPA 3.95. My GRE score is very low, between 141-144. It was even 139 on my last test in 2019 and writing 3.0-3.5. I was a lecturer in Psychology for 2 years, teaching various classes for undergrad. I have published in a national journal in my country twice, and waiting for 3 more publication from a conference proceeding this year (International Conference held in my country). My research experience so far are mental health service in primary health care (undergraduate), refugee wellbeing (master), both are qualitative. Others are youth peer health program (I developed an intervention in a rural area, 1 year work experience as health advocate), mental health literacy and culture ( I led the systematic review) and ptsd in conflict affected area (I led the research and received a small grant). In 2018 and 2019 I applied for a Fulbright scholarship in my country and got rejected. I was really sad but try to bounce back and apply for a PhD directly to the school. 2018: Social Intervention NYU, Applied Psych and Prevention Science UMass Lowell, Social Work Boston College, Clinical Psych UMass Boston. 2019: Counseling Psych Northeastern Uni and Sociology Boston Uni. All Rejected (Haven't heard from BU but I saw people getting accepted in the result section.. so yeah). All are in Boston area because my husband is studying here. I am no longer in my country and cannot work to gain more research experience. I also cannot work in Boston since I am on a dependent visa. I am trying to have a publication this year, building on my previous research work, let's see. My undergrad was from back home in a small uni that is not detected by most application system (not the big uni!). I have no fancy experience working in a lab or with a certain professor's research/project. There are not much or probably almost none of opportunity like that back home and back then. The research resource in my area back home is very limited, third world country issue-lol. My master research supervisors are very supportive. They keep sending recommendation letters since 2018, plus letters from my research mentor and my undergraduate research supervisor. Now I am trying to pull myself together and be optimist. I know that I need to put more time for the GRE, for sure.. and try to improve my writing skill. In addition, I probably have to retake IELTS (No resource for Toefl IBT back then), and my score has been average, 6.5. I am still so confused, am I getting rejected because my GRE is very low? Or my research experience is local and only led by myself? Or unclear research interest? Not sure. I am still recovering from this multiple rejection for 3 years in a row-since the scholarship, trying to believe that I will deserve an admission someday. Also, this year I am *planning* to push for full speed, and put some options out of Boston since my husband will graduate. I am thinking to apply for : Community Health Education UMass Amherst, Social and Behavioral Science at Harvard and Brown, Global Public Health NYU, Sociomedicine Mailman Columbia, Mental Health John Hopkins, Clinical/Community Psych UMBC, Community Research and Action Vanderbilt, Clinical Community USC, Population Health Science Northeastern Uni, and 1 in Canada : Mc Gill, Mental Health-in the Psychiatry Deparment. The list is rather ambitious, and probably I look confuse. I want to include Sociology and Health UCSF but there's no funding there. I was thinking of Yale but haven't really learn the research there either. I am trying to start early and looking for suggestions/support, either about my qualificafion or the program that I am looking to apply. Thanks so much for reading such a long story, any feedback is appreciated.
  3. Hello, I'm trying to decide what doctoral degree I should pursue. Currently, I am finishing up a MS in Reading and Literacy (as a reading specialist), and I have discovered a great joy that I have for research. I would like to one day teach at the university level or perhaps open my own school. What would be the best Ph.d for me if I were to do one or the other? I know that I want to pursue a Ph.D over a Ed.d and my true passions lie with researching methods to improve Title 1 schools, evaluating instructional practices for marginalized youth (including court-adjudicated and minority students), or possibly researching developmental psychology. Is there a "best" program to choose in order to reach my goals of either teaching at a university or opening a school while still driving my passion for research in the above areas? Any thoughts? Thanks! Brittany
  4. Hello, I am in the process of choosing between PhD programs, and I was hoping to get some advice on how to go about broaching the subject of the need for additional funding. I have four great choices so far, but the program I am most interested in offers the least funding of all of them. Without sounding demanding or ungrateful, how could I mention my financial concerns? And, would it be appropriate to mention my other offers? I will be attending the university's (my top program's) Prospective Student Open House soon. Would it be best to speak to the director in person then? Or, should I wait until after the Open House? If I wait until after, should I address my concerns in writing via e-mail or with a phone call? Thanks in advance for any advice you have to offer.
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