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


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 Facts

The Hollis Professorship of Divinity at HDS, endowed in 1721 and now held by Karen King, was the first named chair at Harvard and is the oldest endowed professorship in the United States.
Read Karen King's profile