Special Students

The special student program affords a one-time opportunity for nondegree students to do coursework at Harvard Divinity School. Students in this category may enroll for a maximum of eight half courses for credit within a period of two years. International students accepted under this status must enroll for a minimum of three half courses for credit each term. Students receive full credit for work completed in this program and may transfer these credits elsewhere, or in some cases may petition to have some or all of the work count toward completion of one of the degree programs of the Divinity School. Special Students pay full regular tuition and are not eligible for school or university financial aid.

The requirements for admission and the application procedure are the same as those for the master of divinity and master of theological studies programs, with the exception of GRE scores and Essay (500 words), which are not required for special students as listed on our application materials. Candidates should be aware that admission to special student status is not an indicator of future admission to other degree programs at Harvard Divinity School. For further information regarding the special student program, contact the Office of Admissions at 617.495.5796 or admissions@hds.harvard.edu.

HDS Voices

Devaka Premawardhana, MDiv '05, PhD candidate

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