Degree Programs

Harvard Divinity School offers four masters degree programs and a joint HDS/GSAS PhD program.

Read more about the PhD program on the Committee on the Study of Religion website.

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The Masters admissions process, the Harvard Divinity community, and how to apply for financial aid.

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Note: the application deadline for fall 2022 is January 6, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST; visit Apply to HDS for more on the application process. Detailed information about the master’s programs requirements can be found in the HDS Handbook for Students. Applicants interested in the PhD program in religion should contact Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences directly, or visit the Committee on the Study of Religion website.

 

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

Master of Theology (ThM)

Master of Religion in Public Life (MRPL)

Doctorate (PhD)

Length of Full-Time Study

3 Years

2 years

1 year

1 year

5-7 years

Size of Program

147

172

3

12

63

Financial Aid Available

 

Institutional grant aid, work-study, federal loans (based on eligibility)

Institutional grant aid, work-study, federal loans (based on eligibility)

Federal loans and work-study for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens (based on eligibility)

Federal loans and work-study for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens

5 years of tuition/fee assistance plus stipend;  summer stipends after years 1-4; years 3-4 stipend underwritten by Teaching Fellowships; year 5 funding allows students to complete dissertations.

Prior graduate study required for admission

None

None

MDiv or equivalent

None

Is not required, but it is rare for candidates to be admitted without an AM.

Sample core requirements

(see HDS Handbook for Students for full master's requirements)

24 courses, field education, and senior seminar. 

16 courses, 6 of which are in the student’s chosen area of study

8 courses, 4 of which are in the student’s chosen area of study

8 courses, 4 of which are in the student’s chosen area of study

Students register in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. See requirements and full timeline at the Committee on the Study of Religion.

Language requirement to be completed while at HDS

3 courses in a language appropriate to the religious tradition the student is studying

Intermediate competency in a language relevant to area of study, demonstrated through coursework or examination

Intermediate competency in a language relevant to area of study, demonstrated through coursework or examination

None

Foundational language work for primary research in the area of specialization at the time of application. For more details visit the Committee on the Study of Religion.