search the scriptures Posted August 10, 2015 Share Posted August 10, 2015 Hello, I am considering switching my academic path and applying to Economics PhD programs instead of (or in addition to) Religion PhD programs. I have a B.A. in Economics from an average state school with a pretty good GPA (3.64) and am finishing an M.A. in Biblical Studies from a good private college this spring with a projected high GPA (3.8+). Does anyone have any ideas what admissions committees at Econ programs will think about someone with an Economics B.A. and Religion M.A? I know Econ MA's aren't typically required to get into the PhD program. Having a Religion M.A. might even make me an interesting applicant given that economics has somewhat of a history in religious thought, but I don't really know. My GRE scores are currently low (50th percentile low) but I will be retaking them before the coming application season. My reason for the potential switch is that the path to a Religion PhD is longer (sometimes requires two M.A.'s to even get accepted), the professor pay is lower (roughly $30,000 less) and the job openings are much slimmer. I like both subjects, admittedly religion a lot more, but I figure that I could always teach a religion undergrad course with a Econ PhD at my future school of employment (one professor I know does this), whereas I couldn't do the reverse with a Religion PhD. The abstract nature of teaching religion also seems tougher to prepare lessons someday (essentially pure lecture) whereas drawing graphs, putting formulas on the board, etc could be much easier do. Any advice would be appreciated. themittn 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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