October 27-29, 2020
Three days exploring everything HDS has to offer.
Online is a three-day introduction to Harvard Divinity School and our graduate programs. HDS is a vibrant, pluralistic community that uniquely enriches students’ opportunities to engage in study, praxis, and conversation across diverse experiences and with special attention to issues of diversity and social change.To get periodic information about HDS and our programs, please complete our Online Inquiry Form. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to move this program online for 2020.
The 2020 DivEx application deadline has passed. Please check back at our website beginning in Summer 2021 for the 2021 DivEx application.
Are you a college undergraduate? Are you passionate about social justice? Considering a career grounded in a commitment to diversity and social change? Explore HDS at DivEx Online and learn more about how the study of religion, theology, and ethics will help you make an impact on the world.
The primary goal of DivEx is to increase participation by members of groups that have been historically underrepresented or marginalized in the study of religion. We strongly encourage applications from current undergraduates who are students of color, first-generation students, and/or LGBTQ+ students, among other underrepresented groups. We define recent graduates as those whose undergraduate degree was conferred within a year of the application deadline.
Please note that attendance in the Diversity and Explorations Program does not guarantee admission to Harvard Divinity School. Participants who are seriously considering applying to a degree program at HDS should contact the Office of Admissions to discuss the admissions process and the suitability of the program to the student’s future career and educational goals.
Not being selected for the Diversity and Explorations Program will not adversely affect future application for admission to any HDS program. In fact, the program is not designed for students who may already have extensive preparation and robust understanding of the study of religion. Therefore, some students who may be well-qualified for an HDS degree program may not be ideal for participation in DivEx, which is exploratory by design.
Eligibility Note: As the focus of this program is to increase the number of students that are underrepresented in the study of religion, we will only accept applications from domestic students residing in the United States. International students—while an important part of the HDS community—are not eligible for this program.
How much does it cost?
DivEx Online is completely free. We ask that applicants are able to be in a quiet, well-lit space with a stable internet connection during the three day workshop.
How do I apply?
Applicants will be asked to provide:
- Completed DivEx online application form
- Personal statement describing your interest in the program
- Letter of recommendation from a professor, career mentor, or faith-based leader
- Academic transcripts
"With the evolving religious landscape, constant social movements, and changing political climate in the world, the Harvard Divinity School community recognizes that an interdisciplinary approach to world issues is necessary.
I was unsure if I was capable of thriving at a place like Harvard as a first-generation college student coming from the Pacific Islands and growing up in a low-socioeconomic community. My DivEx experience helped me realize I was more than capable of flourishing there, but that I also have a huge contribution to make to the HDS community through my lived experiences."
— Nathan Samayo, DivEx ’19, MDiv ’23.