Admissions & Financial Aid

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

Graduate program application

HDS graduate students in classroom

Thank you for your interest in Harvard Divinity School. The application deadline for enrollment in fall 2017 has passed. The application for the 2018–19 academic year will be available in September 2017.

Find out all you need to know about the application process.

How to apply

Financial Aid

Talking about financial aid

Nearly nine out of ten students receive financial aid.

If you applied for admission for the 2017–18 academic year, instructions on how to apply for need-based aid will be e-mailed to all applicants in mid-January. The financial aid deadline has passed.

Learn more about financial aid

Four Degrees, Infinite Pathways

With our multi-religious focus, interdisciplinary approach, and international scope—40 percent of courses have an international focus—HDS offers a depth and breadth of learning that are unparalleled. All degree programs give you the flexibility to tailor learning in ways that meet your personal and professional interests.

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HDS Difference

Catherine Brekus, Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America

Distinguished scholars and dynamic courses

Experts in a wide range of disciplines and religious traditions, HDS faculty teach and mentor students.

Students at the Multireligious Service

Diversity and pluralism

With scholars from around the world, from more than 30 faith traditions (and none), diversity is a hallmark of the HDS experience.

Nestor Pimienta, photo Jon Chase

Engaged student body

Students at HDS come from all walks of life and contribute in meaningful ways to their community and the world.

Susan Hayward MDiv ’07 with the Dalai Lama

A rewarding career

HDS graduates go on to a wide variety of professions and vocations. Learn what you can do with a degree from HDS.