Admissions & Financial Aid

HDS graduate students in classroom

The online application for entrance in fall 2020 is no longer available as the admissions deadline has passed. Current applicants may log in to their application.


New applicants, please check back on our website in late summer/early fall for the 2021 online application for admission.


Applicants interested in the PhD program in religion should contact Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences directly.

Virtual Admissions Events


Three students stand in a hallway at HDS. They look at the camera smiling. The walls hold artwork from around the world

Whether you want to learn more about HDS’s degree programs or are looking for advice on the application process, check out these online sessions with the HDS admissions team. Questions about& community life, academics, and financial aid are encouraged!  

See admissions events

Financial Aid

Talking about financial aid

90% of master’s degree candidates depend on scholarship aid to attend HDS.

more about financial aid

Four Degrees, Infinite Pathways

With our multi-religious focus, interdisciplinary approach, and international scope—40 percent of courses have an international focus—HDS offers a depth and breadth of learning that are unparalleled. All degree programs give you the flexibility to tailor learning in ways that meet your personal and professional interests.

more about degree programs

HDS Difference

Catherine Brekus, Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America

Distinguished scholars and dynamic courses

Experts in a wide range of disciplines and religious traditions, HDS faculty teach and mentor students.

Students at the Multireligious Service

Diversity and pluralism

With scholars from around the world, from more than 30 faith traditions (and none), diversity is a hallmark of the HDS experience.

Nestor Pimienta, photo Jon Chase

Engaged student body

Students at HDS come from all walks of life and contribute in meaningful ways to their community and the world.

Susan Hayward MDiv ’07 with the Dalai Lama

A rewarding career

HDS graduates go on to a wide variety of professions and vocations. Learn what you can do with a degree from HDS.