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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.

Theological Education Day 2014: Welcome by Dean Hempton on YouTube

HDS Voices

David Woessner
I was drawn to HDS by the rigorous academics and the variety of the field education opportunities. I didn’t foresee how the shared spiritual dynamic among students, faculty, and staff would impact my life. This isn’t just a place to study. It’s a place to grow alongside others. 
—David Woessner, MDiv candidate
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