World-renowned Harvard Divinity School scholars teach and mentor students with a multi-religious focus and interdisciplinary approach. HDS faculty also conduct vital research to advance religious insight around the globe.
The HDS Master of Divinity degree prepares graduates for chaplaincy and ministry or a range of other careers that center around service, social justice, and ethical leadership.
The HDS Master of Theological Studies degree enables students to explore the languages, literatures, institutions, practices, and structures of many theological fields and religious traditions.
The HDS Master of Religion and Public Life degree helps experienced professionals develop in-depth knowledge of the complex ways religion influences public life related to their career areas.
Eboni Nash, MTS '21, came to HDS to prepare for a career of activism around the issues of racial justice and mass incarceration.
Lóre Stevens, MDiv '22, decided against religion early on, but a deep experience of transcendence brought her to HDS and now she is on a path to ordination in the Unitarian Universalist Association.
The first time Amos Jackson III, MDiv '23, met a politician was when one made a campaign stop at Jackson’s childhood church. Now, the Master of Divinity candidate looks at healing as a companion to policy.
Erica Rose Long, MDiv ’16, describes the honest conversations about race taking place in hospitals and discusses the unique challenges and joys of hospital chaplaincy.
As an activist, Gloria White-Hammond, MDiv ’97, is committed to healing and ministry—often in the most difficult situations.
As assistant commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Kevin Cranston, MDiv '86, puts the skills and habits of mind he acquired at HDS to use in the effort to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
Theater has been a spiritual home for many LGBTQ+ folks, providing shared rituals and stories, a sense of being part of something greater than oneself, and mutual care and support. - J. Sylvan, MDiv ’20.
Melissa Bartholomew, MDiv '15, HDS’s associate dean for diversity, inclusion, and belonging, believes the goal of DIB is to “create an atmosphere where people can bring their whole selves to the community. It’s work that’s rooted in compassion.”
“Me being a hip hop artist ties into the dissemination aspect of my academic interests because I think historically hip hop and rap has been the means by which analytic critics have been able to compose their observations into songs that are received by people,” says Naman Patel, MTS '21.
Yaseen Hashmi, MTS ’21, developed a passion for screenwriting and filmmaking when he was a teenager, but he never really thought of his creative work as more than a hobby. Now he sees it as a way to work for justice.
Diversity and Explorations (DivEx) is a three-day introduction to Harvard Divinity School and our graduate programs. DivEx highlights students’ opportunities to engage in study and conversation with special attention to issues of diversity and social change.