Harvard Divinity School is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: MDiv, MTS, ThM, ThD.

Contact information for the Commission is:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Telephone: 412.788.6505
Fax: 412.788.6510

Statement of educational effectiveness

Drawing on its historical strength in Christian studies and its significant resources in the study of religions around the world, Harvard Divinity School educates scholars, teachers, ministers, and other professionals for leadership and service both nationally and internationally. To help in building a world in which people can live and work together across religious and cultural divides, we strive to provide excellent instruction in the study of religion for the academy, for religious communities, and in the public sphere.

The faculty and staff of the Divinity School are committed to the fulfillment of this mission and to the rigorous evaluation of its programs, services, and outcomes for the sake of educational effectiveness and quality improvement.

While we are in the process of employing various measures of educational effectiveness, for now we publish the following:

Average percentage of students completing program on time, 2013–14

Normal time to completion of degree programs: MTS, 2 years; MDiv, 3 years; ThM, 1 year; ThD, 7 years.

MTS: 92%
MDiv: 93%
ThM: 50%
ThD: 75%

Note: Percentages are higher when including students who complete their program outside of the normal time frame.

Student experience and evaluation

Harvard Divinity School surveys its graduating students prior to graduation. For the survey for the class of 2015, 99% of graduating students responded.

Within the graduating class, 92% indicated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their academic experience and 91% indicated that they gained skills and knowledge that will be valuable in their future plans.

When responding to areas of growth and development, 93% of students felt their program improved their ability to think analytically and logically a lot or some; 94% said the program improved their ability to place current problems in historical/cultural/philosophical context a lot or some; 90% said the program improved their ability to articulate theological concepts a lot or some; 92% indicated it improved their ability to relate well to people of different backgrounds, religions, or races a lot or some; and 86% responded that the program improved insight and empathy for people of need a lot or some.

88% of students reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their overall experience at HDS.

Graduate employment and further study

Harvard Divinity School surveys its alumni annually at the one-year anniversary of their graduation. For the survey for the class graduating in 2015, 44% of graduating students responded. 67% indicate that they were employed exclusively, while 27% indicated that they were exclusively enrolled in graduate school. 60% of the employed graduates indicated that they are working in their intended field. Only 2% indicated that they were currently seeking employment. 9% indicated an intention to pursue ordained ministry within two years of graduation. For those currently employed one year out, the primary career fields are summarized in the following chart.

2015 Survey of graduate employment graph

HDS Voices


Growing up in a family with limited financial means, I was the first person to attend college. Of all my academic experiences, my HDS experience was the single most influential, developmental phase in my life; it led me to my career as an educator. But my story would not have been possible without financial aid from HDS, as it meant that my family’s financial situation did not determine my destiny.
Julia Whitcavitch-Devoy, MTS ’94; member of HDS Alumni/ae and Leadership Councils; Professor in Developmental Psychology, Boston College

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