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 2015.

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HDS Voices

Serving the local homeless community at the Outdoor Church added purpose and energy to my classroom experience. I was not learning theology for theology's sake, but as a living, breathing tradition brimming with good news even for those at the edges of our society. This realization gave clarity to my own faith and sense of vocation.
Tom Hathaway, MDiv '11
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