Students at 2013 convocation

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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

HDS Voices

Jonathan L. Walton
Harvard Divinity School's continued commitment to recruiting and cultivating cutting-edge scholars of religion in general, and of American religion in particular, makes it the place I want to be.
Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, and Professor of Religion and Society (HDS)

Read 'Waking from a Dream' by Jonathan L. Walton