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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 admissions deadline for entrance in fall 2019 has passed. Please check back on our website in late summer/early fall for the application for the 2020–21 academic year. Current applicants may still log into their application.

Applicants interested in the PhD program in Religion should contact Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences directly.

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Theological Education Day

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Save the Date: November 6, 2019

Connect with faculty and students, and learn about academics, community life, financial aid, and the admissions process during Theological Education Day, 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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