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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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.

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

Shauntae Monique Smith

Giving is one of the greatest opportunities the world affords. If you’ve contributed to The HDS Fund in the past, thank you for helping make this education possible for me. I encourage you now to support students as much as you’re able, which I plan to do as a new alumna. The gift of an HDS education keeps on giving.
—Shauntae Monique Smith, MDiv '11; youth director, Crown Ministries International

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