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Students at 2013 convocation

If you are planning to apply for Fall 2017 admission, please check our website in early September 2016 for the new online application.

Meanwhile, the 2016 Diversity and Explorations Program application is now available.

You can also join our mailing list to learn more about our admissions process, programs, and events.

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.

A complete list of application requirements for admission to the master of divinity (MDiv), master of theological studies (MTS), doctor of philosophy in religion (PhD), and master of theology (ThM) degree programs and the special student nondegree program can be found on the How to Apply page.

Watch Dean Hempton welcome more than 130 prospective students on Theological Education Day 2015.

Note: A transcript for this recording is available upon request. Please contact admissions@hds.harvard.edu.

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The Hollis Professorship of Divinity at HDS, endowed in 1721 and now held by Karen King, was the first named chair at Harvard and is the oldest endowed professorship in the United States.
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