About HDS

Harvard Divinity School is a nonsectarian school of religious and theological studies that educates students both in the pursuit of the academic study of religion and in preparation for leadership in religious, governmental, and a wide range of service organizations.

Vital Conversations:

Dean David Hempton, Rev. Gloria White-Hammond and HDS graduates discuss the values at the core of our research and educational work.

HDS at a Glance


Harvard Divinity School Founded 


Courses Offered 2021-2022


Degrees Offered by HDS


Voting Faculty


Enrollment 2021-2022


Other Instructors

HDS students smiling at each other as they light each others candles during a Season of Light service
An HDS student panel in the early 1990s

History, Mission, and Values

With roots deep in the founding of Harvard University itself, Harvard Divinity School has grown with the times to offer rigorous instruction in the world’s great religions in a diverse, caring community.

Read more about HDS history

Solar panels installed on the roof of the CSWR at HDS


Green buildings, waste reduction, organic landscaping and the HDS garden are just a few of our sustainability initiatives.

Stone carving of man holding globe, on the exterior of Swartz Hall


Faculty, staff, and research positions currently available.