Tuition and Fees

2017–18 Tuition and health insurance rates

Tuition and health insurance rates for the 2017–18 academic year (SeptemberMay) are shown in the tables below.

Full Tuition$28,096
Reduced TuitionN/A
Facilities FeeN/A
Active File FeeN/A
Activities Fee$70
University Health Services Fee$1,142
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$3,130
Total Tuition and Fees$32,438


(Note: HDS recently changed its doctoral designation from ThD to PhD in Religion. Those currently in the ThD program will continue to be candidates for the ThD; the first cohort of PhD candidates entered in fall 2015.)

Reduced Tuition$11,654
Facilities Fee$2,968
Active File Fee$300 per semester
Activities Fee$70
University Health Services Fee$1,142
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$3,130
Total Tuition and Fees3rd and 4th year: $15,996
5th year and beyond: $7,310

2017–18 Standard living budget

Estimating expenses and formulating realistic budgets are important tasks. A careful assessment of total resources measured against total costs is the cornerstone of sound financial planning. Although actual living expenses will depend on lifestyles, standardized budgets are used to determine aid eligibility.

The following budget represents average expenses of a master's student for the 2017–18 academic year (SeptemberMay). This budget is based on a moderate cost of living in the Cambridge area. The housing portion of the budget assumes shared occupancy of a two-bedroom unit in the surrounding community. Married students and students with dependents should anticipate higher living expenses.

Books and Supplies$1,222
Total Living Expenses$22,278

The standard living expense budget is added to the cost of tuition and fees to determine a student's total cost of education. Financial aid funds are not intended to supplement expenses of family members; however, there are some exceptions that can be made to increase the budget including dependent care costs and rent. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. Please note that eligibility for institutional and federal funds requires that a single student budget be used, as federal funds are generally reserved for expenses that the individual student incurs for his or her educational program.

HDS Voices

Francis X. Clooney, S. J.

All of us share the challenge of moving from the very particular disciplines the academy and our religious traditions have taught us to the less certain postmodern places where particularity can again be more evident and potent, destabilizing our comfortable ways and making us think. But we need to enter upon this more general conversation without losing sight of the details and energy of profession and tradition that guided our research in the first place.
—Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology; Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions

Watch 'Studying Our Religions in the Particular and Meaning Something by It'