Dates and Deadlines

Each program at HDS has a single application deadline during our annual admissions application season. Late applications are not accepted. Applications are for fall semester entry only, without exceptions.

The application for admission to all of our degree and non-degree programs for the fall of 2017 is now available.

Following are the deadlines for enrollment in fall 2017.



Master of theological studies (MTS) and master of divinity (MDiv)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 5 pm EST

Master of theology (ThM)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 5 pm EST

Special students

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 5 pm EST

Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Scholars

The Ho Family Foundation Scholars Program is not accepting applications for the 2017–18 academic year.

Please note that all deadlines are the dates by which the online application form and all of your application materials—including official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores—must be received by the Harvard Divinity School Office of Admissions. They are not postmark dates.

HDS Voices


Growing up in a family with limited financial means, I was the first person to attend college. Of all my academic experiences, my HDS experience was the single most influential, developmental phase in my life; it led me to my career as an educator. But my story would not have been possible without financial aid from HDS, as it meant that my family’s financial situation did not determine my destiny.
Julia Whitcavitch-Devoy, MTS ’94; member of HDS Alumni/ae and Leadership Councils; Professor in Developmental Psychology, Boston College

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