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Students at 2013 convocation

The fall 2015 online application is now no longer available as the deadline for admissions has passed. Please check back to our website in late summer/early fall for the 2016 online application. Request information 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 2014. Note: A transcript for this recording is available upon request. Please contact admissions@hds.harvard.edu.

HDS Voices

Joy Fallon
Weekly, I was centered by silent prayer with three classmates; the peaceful ritual of Thursday Eucharist; and Wednesday’s noon service, where I first built a Day of the Dead altar, worshiped with a Buddhist priest, and honored the Native Spirit. My academics and my spirit life deepened. I was learning to pray my life with others, the gift I most need to sustain my ministry.
—Joy Fallon, MDiv '11
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