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Students at 2013 convocation

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.

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Graduate admissions application

HDS graduate students in classroom

Our 2017 Graduate Admissions Application is now available to apply for the Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Theology, Special Student and Ho Family Foundation Scholars programs.

Apply by January 17, 2017

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Doctoral program application

Apply by December 15, 2016

HDS doctoral candidate, 2016 Commencement

The PhD program is offered jointly offered with the University’s Committee on the Study of Religion. Visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website for the application and admissions requirements.

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Join us this fall

Theological Education Day

Theological Education Day

View video or download audio of panels from our annual open house in early November.

Diversity and Explorations

Diversity and Explorations Program

Join us for three days exploring everything HDS has to offer. Applications for 2017 DivEx will be available in July 2017.

HDS Facts

The Hollis Professorship of Divinity at HDS, endowed in 1721 and now held by Karen King, was the first named chair at Harvard and is the oldest endowed professorship in the United States.
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