HDS at a Glance

Andover-Harvard Theological Library entrance


Established in 1816 as the first nonsectarian theological institution in the United States. History and mission


David N. Hempton, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies and John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity, appointed July 2012


Voting Faculty: 43
Emeriti: 11
Others offering instruction: 51
Denominational counselors: 11

Degrees offered

Master of divinity (MDiv)
Master of theological studies (MTS)
Master of theology (ThM)
Doctor of theology (ThD) (Note: HDS recently changed its doctoral designation from ThD to PhD in Religion. Those currently in the ThD program will continue to be candidates for the ThD; the first cohort of PhD candidates will enter in fall 2015.)

Total courses offered, 2012-13


Student enrollment, 2012-13

MTS: 157
MDiv: 128
ThM: 4
ThD: 39
Summer Language Program: 83
Female: 54%
Male: 46%
Students of color: 23%
International students: 13%
Age range: 22-66
Average age: 29
Religious affiliations: Approximately 35

Number of student organizations, 2012-13


Average percentage of students completing program on time, 2012-13

MTS: 92%
MDiv: 93%
ThM: 50%
ThD: 75%

Graduate employment and further study

Harvard Divinity School surveys its alumni annually at the one-year anniversary of their graduation. For the survey for the class graduating in 2012, 58% of graduating students responded. 94% of the responding graduates indicated appropriate vocational placement. 66% indicate that they were employed exclusively. Another 13% reported a combination of both employment and enrollment in a graduate program, and 15% indicated that they were exclusively enrolled in graduate school. Only 6% indicated that they were neither employed nor in graduate school. 20% of the survey respondents indicated an intention to apply to a graduate school program in the near future, and 12% indicated an intention to pursue ordained ministry. For those currently employed one year out, the primary career fields are summarized in the following chart.

HDS graduate primary career fields

Living alumni

Approximately 6,040

Research and special programs

Center for the Study of World Religions
Summer Language Program
Women's Studies in Religion Program


Harvard Divinity Bulletin
Harvard Theological Review
Harvard Theological Studies

HDS buildings

Divinity Hall
Andover Hall
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
Rockefeller Hall
Center for the Study of World Religions
Women's Studies in Religion Program: The Carriage House
Jewett House

HDS Voices

Andrew Merz
As a Buddhist, the religious diversity at HDS has challenged me to broaden my understanding of spirituality, most meaningfully through my relationships with classmates. For me, HDS has demanded and supported constant exploration, both personal and scholarly.
 —Andrew Merz, MDiv '12
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