Students at 2019 Commencement

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 2021 is no longer available as the admissions deadline has passed. Current applicants may log in to their application and new applicants should return to our website in late summer/early fall for the 2022 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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Nondiscrimination Policy

In accordance with its mission and with Harvard University policy, the Divinity School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, military service or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. Every effort will be made to ensure fairness and consistency in the School's relations with its students, faculty, and staff. Likewise, Harvard Divinity School expects that those with whom it deals with will comply with all applicable antidiscrimination laws.

Admissions Virtual Events


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!   

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Harvard’s Faculty of Divinity


A professor talks to a student in front of a bookshelf

Our faculty members are among the most distinguished scholars of religion and practitioners of ministry in the world, teaching and mentoring students, all while performing vital, creative research to advance religious insight and scholarship.

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