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Students at 2013 convocation

If you are planning to apply for Fall 2016 admission, please check our website in the early fall 2015 for the new online application. Meanwhile, the 2015 Diversity and Explorations Program application is now available.

Feel free to 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

Kate DeConinck, ThD student
HDS does not teach you what to think but, rather, how to think. You learn how to get to the heart of important issues and how to identify the difficult but necessary questions. Furthermore, in supporting interdisciplinary scholarship, HDS allows you to work creatively within and across traditional academic boundaries.
—Kate DeConinck, ThD candidate
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