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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. To receive further information about HDS, including our admissions process, academic programs, and events, fill out our HDS Admissions Connect form.

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Deadline: January 6, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST.

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Application materials

A completed application for the MDivMTS, SS, and ThM programs consists of the following:

  • Submitted online application form
  • $25 application fee or approved waiver (please note that in order to access the fee waiver request form, you must initiate an online application)
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Complete academic history with transcripts for all coursework taken for credit
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted electronically through our online application system)
  • Statement of purpose—1,000 words
  • Writing sample—1,000–1,500 words
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (required of some international applicants only; see instructions)
  • Optional: GRE General Test Scores

A completed application for the Master of Religion and Public Life (MRPL) program consists of the following 

  • Submitted online application form
  • $25 application fee or approved waiver (please note that in order to access the fee waiver request form, you must initiate an online application)
  • Résumé 
  • Project Proposal (within the online application form) 
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Complete academic history with transcripts for all coursework taken for credit 
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (required of some applicants only) 

Preparing for your application

Careful planning will allow you to put forth a thoughtful, cohesive application. As you begin to prepare your materials, you may want to consider taking these initial steps: update your résumé or curriculum vitae, register and study for the GRE, write an initial draft of your statement of purpose, discuss your application plans with your recommendation providers, research outside scholarships and funding sources, and plan your finances early by learning more about the cost of attendance and financial aid available through HDS.

Dates and deadlines

The application deadline is January 6, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be notified of their decision in mid-March.

PhD application information

The PhD program is 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.

International Applicants

Are you an international student?

Learn more about the requirements for international applicants.

International Applicants