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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 program application

HDS graduate students in classroom

Thank you for your interest in Harvard Divinity School. The application deadline for enrollment in fall 2017 has passed. The application for the 2018–19 academic year will be available in September 2017.

Find out all you need to know about the application process.

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Doctoral program application

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 Voices

William A. Graham
William Graham

I envision a place where interfaith and cross-cultural understanding is always on a personal level and comes naturally rather than being an objective. By working on shared problems in the history and practice of religions, shoulder to shoulder with persons of different faiths, cultures, races, ethnicities, and viewpoints, one discovers most tangibly the common humanity shared with others very different from oneself.
—William A. Graham, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Member of the Faculty of Divinity

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