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Why HDS?

  • A Distinctive Approach. Exploring all religions, while aligned with none, makes HDS different from most religious study institutions. Learn more
  • A Rewarding Career. HDS Career Services helps students and graduates develop careers in fields as diverse as our student body.
  • Rich Resources. All the rich resources of Harvard University are available to HDS students and faculty.


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HDS Commencement 2015

Student Voices

Ben Marcus

"The HDS community has encouraged me not only to explore profound questions about religion and public life, but also to connect academic inquiry with my inner life."—Benjamin Pietro Marcus, MTS '15

Centers & Programs

The Center for the Study of World Religions has guided the study of the world's major religious and spiritual traditions at Harvard, especially at HDS, since 1960. 

The Women's Studies in Religion Program explores the fundamental role played by religious traditions in defining the lives of women and men. 

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Commencement Traditions

HDS students sing "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at the annual Multireligious Service of Thanksgiving for the graduating class.

Support HDS

HDS graduate the Rev. Karen Tse

The Campaign for HDS will renew the School and enable us to produce leaders who illuminate, engage, and serve humanity. See how we advance religious literacy, promote peaceful interfaith dialogue and empower leaders in many fields. Make a gift to HDS today.