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  1. I've been accepted into PTS and Duke Divinity. I'm pretty familiar with the theological framework of each institution, and what kind of quality of life I'd expect in each city. I've also received an 80% tuition scholarship and grant from PTS and 33-25% tuition grant from Duke. The standard need-based stuff from each school. My question here is: will either school do a better job preparing (perhaps qualifying) me for eventual PhD work in theology? I'm still figuring out what I'd like to do my PhD in but it would likely would be in theology (creation, anthropology, or eschatology) or early church history. I have an interdisciplinary interest in AI and music as well. The main thing that's holding me up now is that the PTS degree won't be coming from Princeton University, whereas the Duke Divinity degree will. I'm not sure that makes difference in the long run, but that's where my head is at. Any insight would be helpful!
  2. Hello! I'm a current junior at a small private school, and from my research, it seems that it may be easier to get into some "top tier" seminaries than I anticipated. I had set the bar a little lower, but reading some other posts has made me optimistic. I'll list some of my stats, and I'd love to get an opinion on my chances. GPA: 3.478 Majors: International Affairs and Religion Minor: Greek Studies Language Proficiencies: Four semesters of Greek, primarily Hellenistic Research: I am currently in the process of developing a curriculum for short-term mission groups to use which focuses on healthy service and improved intercultural interaction. I will be teaching this curriculum to a mission team and researching the impact the curriculum makes. Extracurriculars: Missions intern for my campus ministry, student leader for service in my campus ministry, small group leader, vice president of an anti-trafficking organization, participation and awardee in Model Arab League, member of my university's service oriented honors program, former virtual intern for the U.S. Department of State, former intern for an international anti-trafficking organization, and two summer study abroad mission trips in Greece and South Africa, which both involved research and working with oppressed populations. Ministry Experience: I did a gap year with YWAM, which provided six months worth of international mission work. I also have done a summer internship working for a youth ministry. This may be too long ago, but I was also a children's ministry intern for two years during high school. I have worked in a wide range of ministry, from preschoolers to the elderly, from prison to the slums. This summer, I will be interning with a church that works on the Mexico/U.S. border and working with various issues that come along with that. Denomination: Non-denominational, but I lean pretty liberally in both my politics and theology. Schools I am considering: Duke, Emory, Harvard, Mercer, Princeton, Union, and Yale (maybe others, still in the research process) I have close relationships with many of my professors and people I am connected to in ministry, so I have no doubt I could get some fantastic letters of recommendation. My greatest strength is my experience, but I worry that my GPA is too low to be considered for many of these schools. I also haven't taken the GRE yet, so I'm not sure where I would fall there. Any tips or information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!
  3. Hi all! I have been reading through the forum and have really appreciated the insight many of you have into the religious studies field and various programs. My post is a bit of a "what are my chances?" and "do you have experience with my situation?" hybrid. I am a current MA (Theological Studies) student at a local ATS-accredited seminary. I graduated with my BA in Psychology in 2011, and, after soul-searching and trying my hand in several psychology-related positions, I decided to return for a seminary degree in hopes of becoming a minister, author, and perhaps adjunct prof on the side. I am also considering the prospects of pursuing PhD studies down the road. I am now 26 credits into my MATS degree at a local, ecumenical ATS-accredited seminary and have decided to transfer for two major reasons: 1) My current seminary has a good reputation locally, but has become increasingly disintegrated. In the year I've been there, they have changed the seminary's name, revised the entirety of their curriculum, fired or lost several professors, dismissed and appointed a new dean, and are soon to change the physical location of the seminary. Many of these changes have been poorly implemented and badly communicated to the students. 2) I was serving as a volunteer ministry director for the past few years at a local independent non-denom church. Unfortunately, I experienced the two lead pastors as increasingly manipulative/abusive individuals, (garden variety pathological narcissists?), and decided to leave. After departing, I learned that a good friend (who also attended the church) was sexually molested by the aforementioned pastors. These leaders have been educated at my seminary and have mentored and taught there as well, so it has made the seminary itself a difficult place for me to be. Those things said, I still want to finish a degree and continue to pursue a ministry vocation. I find myself more at home in progressive evangelical or mainline protestant contexts and have narrowed my search for an MDiv program down to the below schools: Princeton, Vanderbilt, Emory (Candler), Wake-Forest, Union, Boston U. I am most concerned with the school accepting all (or most) of my transfer credits and hope to receive funding as well. I struggled a bit in undergrad with anxiety and depression, and ended up with a 3.4 GPA, though I had a 3.8/3.9 in my last couple semesters and a 3.7 Major GPA. When I took the GRE a few years ago, I had scores that landed me in the 88th percentile for Verbal, 61st percentile for Quantitative, and 60th percentile for Essay. My graduate GPA is 4.0. I have a publication in the works with an undergrad prof and have lots of service experience with nonprofits and churches. My questions: What are my chances of being admitted to the above schools? All of them accept transfer credit, but how likely is it that my credits will be accepted? Does anyone know the likelihood of funding for my situation? Are there any other schools you might recommend for my search? Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!
  4. I am currently a student at Gordon-Conwell and I have learned a ton in my semester and a half there so far. My concern is I do not hear a lot about the school. They have great professors and a great set up, but why is not talked about more? Ive been considering transferring to Duke and would like to hear your thoughts. When applying to Jobs later on, I do not want to be hindered!
  5. I am graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies this year. I have been considering continuing my education because I would like to teach as a Professor while pursuing vocational ministry endeavors. Most Ph.D programs that I have found require a M.Div as a prerequisite. I don't mind going for my M.Div, but I would prefer not to spend an extra 2 and a half years in school and extra money on the degree if I don't have to. Are there any Christian Ph.D programs that do not require an M.Div?
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