Dates and Deadlines

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.

The application for admission to all of our degree and non-degree programs will be available in mid-September 2017.

Following are the deadlines for enrollment in fall 2018.



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

Monday, January 15, 2018, 5 pm EST

Master of theology (ThM)

Monday, January 15, 2018, 5 pm EST

Special students

Monday, January 15, 2018, 5 pm EST

Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Scholars

Monday, January 15, 2018, 5 pm EST

To apply, please begin an application and select “Special Student” as your program of choice. Then, email to say that you are applying for the Ho Scholars Program.

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

Kate DeConinck, ThD student

HDS does not teach you what to think but, rather, how to think. You learn how to get to the heart of important issues and how to identify the difficult but necessary questions. Furthermore, in supporting interdisciplinary scholarship, HDS allows you to work creatively within and across traditional academic boundaries.
—Kate DeConinck, ThD candidate
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