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: 44
Emeriti: 9
Others offering instruction: 53
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, 2013-14


Student enrollment, 2013-14

MTS: 162
MDiv: 120
ThM: 1
ThD: 41
Summer Language Program, 2013: 71
Female: 56%
Male: 44%
Students of color: 26%
International students: 12%
Age range: 22-63
Average age: 29
Religious affiliations: Approximately 32

Number of student organizations, 2013-14


Average percentage of students completing program on time, 2013-14

Normal time to completion of degree programs: MTS, 2 years; MDIV, 3 years; ThM, 1 year; ThD, 7 years.

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

Note: Percentages are higher when including students who complete their program outside of the normal time frame.

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 2013, 62% of graduating students responded. Of the responding graduates, 89% indicated appropriate vocational placement: 44% indicated that they were employed exclusively, while 37% indicated that they were exclusively enrolled in graduate school. Only 6% indicated that they were neither employed nor in graduate school. An additional 10% of the survey respondents indicated an intention to apply to a graduate school program in the near future and 14% indicated an intention to pursue ordained ministry in the coming year. For those currently employed one year out, the primary career fields are summarized in the following chart.

2014 graduate survey about employment and further study

Living alumni

Approximately 6,307

Research and special programs

Buddhist Ministry Initiative
Center for the Study of World Religions
Religious Studies and Education Certificate
Science, Religion, and Culture Program
Summer Language Program
Women’s Studies in Religion Program


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

Michael D. Jackson
I think all art struggles with the same problem that any form of discursive, scientific, or explanatory writing struggles with, namely, how much is being illuminated by the work, and how much is being obscured, betrayed, or left in the dark. It's very difficult to work out when the right balance has been struck.
—Michael D. Jackson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions

'Doing Justice to Life': A Conversation with Michael D. Jackson