Students at 2013 convocation

Each year the Admissions Committee seeks to build a class with a range of interests, experience, and preparation. There is no single formula or profile for admission to HDS. Successful applicants come from a wide range of academic, professional, and cultural backgrounds.

Although the admissions process at HDS is highly selective, each application is carefully reviewed by the Admissions Committee to evaluate the fit between the goals, academic record, and experience of the applicant and the resources available at HDS.

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.

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Open House for Prospective Students

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October 28, 2020

Connect with faculty and students, and learn about academics, community life, financial aid, and the admissions process during our open house for prospective students.

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Diversity and Explorations Program

Diversity and Explorations 2018

Three days exploring everything HDS has to offer. And it's on us.

DivEx is a three-day introduction to graduate programs at HDS that span religious and cultural divides to prepare ethical leaders to work in a complex world.

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