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 Fall 2016 Graduate Admissions Application for all of our degree and non-degree programs has now passed.

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

Laura S. Nasrallah

I think that certain sectors of the academy are surprised that religion hasn't died out. Everyone's noticing that religious discourse is actually alive and well, and violently affecting politics. There's a new urgency to learning about and discussing religion. We need to be able to respect the fact that people who have deeply held convictions and practices might speak in terms that don't match ours.
Laura S. Nasrallah, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity

Watch Laura S. Nasrallah's 2014 Convocation address, "Why Religious Studies Matters"