Frequently Asked Questions

May I request a fee waiver?

If you are experiencing an economic hardship that prevents you from paying the $75 application fee, you may request a fee waiver. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 617.495.5796 or admissions@hds.harvard.edu to request access to the form. Application fee waivers are subject to approval.

How do I submit my transcript?

Applicants are required to upload unofficial transcripts from each postsecondary institution that they have attended in the academic history section of the application. All transcripts should show courses completed, grades received, duration of study, and degree or diploma received, if applicable.

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Do I need to provide transcripts for non-degree classes?

Yes. Transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended (including work done at any school of Harvard University) showing all undergraduate and graduate work are required. If admitted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts from all institutions you attended, including institutions from which you did not earn a degree.

Do I need to provide transcripts for study abroad programs?

If you studied abroad and your courses and grades are listed on your home institution's transcript, then you do not need to upload a separate study abroad transcript. If the coursework and grades for your study abroad program are not listed on your home institution's transcript, then you are required to upload a separate transcript from your study abroad program that shows the coursework and grades.

What if I am currently a student and won’t have my fall semester grades by the application deadline?

You should upload a transcript with grades through the preceding term. Please report your GPA up through the prior semester, if applicable.

It is generally not necessary to provide an updated transcript with fall semester grades during the application review process. However, if you are admitted to HDS and choose to matriculate, you will be required to submit an official, final transcript showing all grades received and degree(s) conferred in the summer prior to enrollment.

I have changed my legal name, and it differs with the name listed on one or all of my application materials. Do I need to take extra steps?

Yes. If your legal name differs from the name listed on your test scores, transcripts, or other supporting documents, you must also provide notarized documentation of your name change by your degree program’s application deadline. If you changed your name due to marriage, please send a notarized hard copy of your marriage certificate to the address below. If you changed your name for any other reason, please send us a notarized hard copy scan of your passport.

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Can I use the library?

Alumni have complimentary access to Andover-Harvard Theological Library and to ATLASerials®, an online collection of more than 70 major religion and theology journals. To gain access to the library and the ATLASerials® database, send an email to alums@hds.harvard.edu that includes your full name and degree year. After a member of the staff has verified that you are a graduate of the School, you will be sent login information to access the database.

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