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Students at 2013 convocation

Each year the Admissions Committee seeks to build a class with a range of interests, experience, and preparation. There is no single formula or profile for admission to HDS. Successful applicants come from a wide range of academic, professional, and cultural backgrounds. Although the admissions process at HDS is highly selective, each application is carefully reviewed by the Admissions Committee to evaluate the fit between the goals, academic record, and experience of the applicant and the resources available at HDS.

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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.

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Doctoral program application

HDS doctoral candidate, 2016 Commencement

The PhD program is offered jointly offered with the University’s Committee on the Study of Religion. Visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website for the application and admissions requirements.

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Join us this fall

Theological Education Day

Theological Education Day

View video or download audio of panels from our annual open house in early November.

Diversity and Explorations

Diversity and Explorations Program

Join us for three days exploring everything HDS has to offer. Applications for 2017 DivEx will be available in July 2017.

HDS Voices

Karen King

I am very fortunate to work with faculty who are deeply interested in research and what's happening in the study of religion. Although HDS offers a very high quality of ministerial training and great resources for field study, it also offers the ability to study religion in the context of a university.
Karen L. King, Hollis Professor of Divinity

Karen L. King explains what Coptic literature reveals about early Christianity in 'Beyond Heresy'