Dates and Deadlines

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.

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.

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.

Following are the deadlines for enrollment in fall 2019.



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

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 5 pm EST

Master of theology (ThM)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 5 pm EST

Special students

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 5 pm EST

Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Scholars

The Ho Scholars Program is not accepting applications for the 2019–20 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

Rick Santos

I remember a guest speaker in one of my classes at Harvard Divinity School saying that an HDS education is powerful because it’s not just about academics; it’s also about learning to be engaged in the world. I often recall these words when I’m on the ground helping people in countries vastly different from the United States. Every time I serve others, my HDS education serves me.
—Rick Santos, MTS '92; HDS Leadership Council member; president and CEO of IMA World Health