HDS offers a challenging and rewarding immersion in the world’s faith traditions and theological subjects. Coursework and conversation, field education, academic excellence, a diverse student body, and Harvard University’s unparalleled resources create a broad and deep educational experience where all voices are welcome.

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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Preparation for ministry, chaplaincy, and other careers of meaning and leadership in many callings and fields. (Three years)


Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

Explore deeply the languages, literatures, thought and practices of religious traditions in eighteen areas of focus. (Two years)


Master of Theology (ThM)

A year of focused study for those who have already attained an MDiv or equivalent.

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Master of Religion and Public Life (MRPL)

A one-year graduate program designed for experienced professionals. 


PhD in Religion (PhD)

Ultimate preparation for careers in advanced research and scholarship in religion and theological studies.

Dynamic Courses

Focus and flexibility: Students study at HDS, throughout Harvard University, and other theological institutions and seminaries in the Boston area. Choose from thousands of courses. Follow a curriculum or design your own course of study.

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Field Education

Cultivate your theological imagination with real-world experience in the U.S. and abroad. Gain skills in the arts of ministry while reflecting and deepening your own call to service.

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