Dates and Deadlines

The online application for entrance in fall 2020 is now available.

Each program at HDS has a single application deadline during our annual admissions application season. Late applications are not accepted. Applications are for fall semester entry only, without exceptions.

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

Following are the deadlines for enrollment in fall 2020.



Master of theological studies (MTS) and master of divinity (MDiv)

Tuesday, January 8, 2020, 5 pm EST

Master of theology (ThM)

Tuesday, January 8, 2020, 5 pm EST

Special students

Tuesday, January 8, 2020, 5 pm EST

Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Scholars

The Ho Scholars Program is not accepting applications for the 2020–21 academic year.

Please note that all deadlines are the dates by which the online application form and all of your application materials—including official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores—must be received by the Harvard Divinity School Office of Admissions. They are not postmark dates.

HDS Voices

William A. Graham
William Graham

I envision a place where interfaith and cross-cultural understanding is always on a personal level and comes naturally rather than being an objective. By working on shared problems in the history and practice of religions, shoulder to shoulder with persons of different faiths, cultures, races, ethnicities, and viewpoints, one discovers most tangibly the common humanity shared with others very different from oneself.
—William A. Graham, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Member of the Faculty of Divinity



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