Admissions & Financial Aid

HDS graduate students in classroom

2020 Graduate Admissions Application

is now available to apply for the Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Theology, and Special Student programs.

Start your application today

The application deadline is January 8, 2020, at 5 pm EST.

If you are interested in applying to the PhD program (jointly offered with the Committee on the Study of Religion), visit the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website for both the application and comprehensive information about admissions requirements.

The PhD application has a deadline of December 15, 2019, at 5 pm EST.

Humans of HDS

“Literature offers me joy and the ability to exercise empathy.”

Alejandra Oliva, MTS ’19 on how she got to HDS, her favorite classes, and why she thinks literature is so great.

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Financial Aid

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

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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.

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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.