Diversity at HDS

2011 Commencement students cheering

"Do you have students like me at HDS?" This is one of the most frequently asked questions we hear in the Office of Admissions. Everyone asks it—young and old, religious and nonreligious, with and without professional experience, current undergraduate and those with previous advanced degrees.

HDS students come from across the United States and from around the world, from large state universities and small denominational colleges, from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Some of our students arrive with deeply religious identities and others share a passion for religious studies that does not include a personal religious practice. Some of our students were the first in their families to attend college, and others have a long family history of attending graduate or professional schools. Some are recent undergraduates with a dream of one day teaching religion at a college or university. Some have decided that now is the right time to heed a longing and inner call to ministry, service, and ordination. Others are mid-career professionals who realize that deep theological questions lie at the heart of their law practice, medical practice, business, or nonprofit.

We look forward to helping you determine whether HDS is a good fit for you.

HDS Voices

Julia
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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