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Harvard Divinity School attracts a talented and diverse student body who prepare for lives of leadership, ministry, and scholarship.

Why HDS?

Students come to HDS because they are passionate about theological or religious study and ministry preparation and wish to explore this passion in a pluralistic community within the context of a wider university. They study both with Harvard’s Faculty of Divinity—which includes some of the most distinguished scholars of religion and practitioners of ministry in the world—and with faculty from other areas of the University. HDS students enjoy access to all Harvard University libraries and to courses and resources at the other Schools at Harvard and at the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of ten theological schools and seminaries in the Boston area.

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A Rewarding Career

HDS graduates go on to a wide variety of professions and vocations, including ordained and lay ministry; chaplaincy; higher education teaching and research; public and private secondary education; community development, advocacy, and human services; management and consulting, especially nonprofit; public policy, law, conflict resolution, and mediation; the arts, publishing, communications, and media.

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Applying to HDS

The deadline for the 2016 Graduate Admissions Application is Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5 pm EST. The application will be available in early September 2016.

The 2016 Diversity and Explorations Program application is now available. Learn more

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