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bibleprofwannabe

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Out of curiosity, how do Canadian NT Phd programs rank? I have seen Nijay Gupta's rankings, but am wondering what others think.

 

I am especially interested in how non-Canadians perceive Canadian programs, but of course all opinions are welcome.

 

The main players, in my opinion, are Mcgill University, McMaster University (Religious Studies) and University of Toronto (Department of Religion). I am especially interested in thoughts on McMaster University (not the Div College) and University of Toronto as they are the two schools I am deciding between. 

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I don't think that's entirely true (funding). Prolly differs from program to program, eh? I would gladly attend one of those three, but I would be cautious about tending one of the lesser known Canadian unis. I have met several profs in the US with PhD's from Toronto. Didn't seem to hurt them at all and I have heard great things about their program. In fact my adviser here went to Toronto for his PhD and is one of the top folks in his respective field (in the US).  

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I'll second the endorsement of Toronto. I've know several people with connections to UToronto, and they are all successful people. I wouldn't advise paying out of pocket for a doctorate in the humanities, though. (Hence my initial question.)

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I am under the impression that Canadian universities don't fund Americans. Is that true?

 

Not quite true. I can only speak to two schools:

 

     U of Toronto (Department of Religion): covers tuition and health insurance, and you are guaranteed a minimum stipend of

             $15,000. This is the same for both Canadians and Internationals.  

 

     McMaster U: International funding varies. In the past, with entrance award and TA-ship international students break even or

              make a very little amount of money.  But, if you can get the difference in tuition fees (between Canadian and Internationals)

              waived you could make a net of $8,000 to $12,000. This probably varies year to year and depends on how much funding is

              available. 

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Well, if I were in your shoes, I'd definitely go the UToronto route. Great reputation + superior funding = you can't lose. Also, do you really want to spend the rest of your life explaining to Americans that you have no connection to Stanley Porter?
Seriously funny comment. Also, I agree that UToronto is the better bet, unless you think you'd fit at McGill better for some reason.
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McMaster U has some pretty top notch senior scholars including Stephen Westerholm (Paul) and Eileen Schuller (DSS).

 

See, Westerholm is the sort I'd expect to be at McMaster Div, so this just creates more confusion for me. 

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