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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.

If you are planning to apply for Fall 2018 admission, please check our website in early September 2017 for the new online application. Meanwhile, the 2017 Diversity and Explorations Program application is now available.

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Graduate program application

HDS graduate students in classroom

Thank you for your interest in Harvard Divinity School. The application deadline for enrollment in fall 2017 has passed. The application for the 2018–19 academic year will be available in mid-September 2017.

Find out all you need to know about the application process.

Doctoral program application

HDS doctoral candidate, 2016 Commencement

The PhD program is offered jointly offered with the University’s Committee on the Study of Religion. Visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website for the application and admissions requirements.

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Diversity and Explorations

Diversity and Explorations Program

Join us for three days this fall to explore everything HDS has to offer. The 2017 DivEx application is now available.

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Theological Education Day

Theological Education Day

View video or download audio of panels from our annual open house in early November.

HDS Facts

The Hollis Professorship of Divinity at HDS, endowed in 1721 and now held by Karen King, was the first named chair at Harvard and is the oldest endowed professorship in the United States.
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