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Students at 2013 convocation

The deadline for fall 2015 admissions has passed. Please return here in late summer/early fall 2015 for the 2016 online application. Request more information.

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 2014. Note: A transcript for this recording is available upon request. Please contact admissions@hds.harvard.edu.

HDS Voices

One of the things I loved about HDS was that there were so many people already doing a tremendous number of different things before and during their time there, and I learned about many types of jobs, institutions, and career paths from interacting with classmates.
—Joey Shapiro, MTS '07; program associate for the Faiths Act Fellowship

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