Nondegree Programs

David Lamberth introducing 2010 William James lecture

Harvard Divinity School offers several nondegree options for those interested in joining the community for a period of time without earning a degree. These options include the following:

  • Special student program. Designed for individuals who have obtained a bachelor’s degree and who wish to take courses for credit that could possibly be used toward completion of a degree program at a later date.
  • Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Scholars. Provides an opportunity for students from Asian countries to study Buddhist ministry at HDS.
  • Ministers in the Vicinity. Designed for pastors, ministers, rabbis, and others engaged in full-time ministry within 50 miles of the HDS campus who would like to take courses either for audit or credit at HDS.
  • Resident Fellows. Provides an opportunity for sabbatical study for missionaries and executives of denominations and religious bodies who wish to be in residence at HDS while on leave from their regular duties.
  • Auditing. Anyone who is interested in auditing a class at HDS is welcome to do so.
  • Summer Language Program. An intensive eight-week program of language study open to anyone who holds an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • January term workshops. Workshops are open to all HDS, Harvard University, and BTI students.
  • Religious Studies and Education Certificate. Jointly sponsored by HDS and Harvard Extension School, the Certificate is designed to provide educators with a multidisciplinary foundation for approaching the study of religion in public school classrooms or in other educational settings focused on learning about religion.

HDS Voices

Christianity has long haunted the study of world religions, but today Christianities no longer lurk in the shadows of the world or of world religions. In response to Christianity's new demography, the field of world Christianity has arisen. Its most engaging studies attend to the ways in which the everyday experiences of nonelites defy conventional understandings of religion, conversion, and identity.
—Devaka Premawardhana, PhD candidate in religion and anthropology, Harvard University

'Christianity Becomes Unfamiliar,' Harvard Divinity Bulletin