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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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Portraying a Finer Picture of Islam

Monique Parsons

Journalist and HDS alumna Monique Parsons paints an accurate picture of the American Muslim community in a time when ignorance and fear abound. Read more

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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Research & Publications

Devotion in the Study of Religion


In the latest issue of Harvard Divinity Bulletin, HDS professor Stephanie Paulsell explains that the best scholarship involves slow, humble work to cherish the "unknowable more" in human experience. Read more

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.