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: 8
Others offering instruction: 59
Denominational counselors: 12

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, 2015–16


Student enrollment, 2015–16

  • MTS: 152
  • MDiv: 133
  • ThM: 2
  • ThD: 36
  • Female: 54%
  • Male: 46%
  • Students of color: 19%
  • International students: 15%
  • Age range: 21–61
  • Average age: 28
  • Religious affiliations: Approximately 34
  • Summer Language Program, 2015: 71
  • Summer Language Program, 2016: 73

Number of student organizations, 2015–16


Living alumni


Research and special programs


Harvard Divinity Bulletin
Harvard Theological Review

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

Sonya Soni

HDS has given me, a Hindu and an aspiring physician, the freedom to study the intersection among global health, medical ethics, and interfaith mobilization. HDS is an institution not only for future theologians, but also for the world's next public servants who want to use spirituality and religion as tools for social change.
—Sonya Soni, MTS '12