Tuition and Fees

2018–19 Tuition and health insurance rates

Tuition and health insurance rates for the 2018–19 academic year (SeptemberMay) are shown in the tables below.

Full Tuition $28,944
Reduced Tuition N/A
Facilities Fee N/A
Active File Fee N/A
Activities Fee $70
University Health Services Fee $1,178
Blue Cross/Blue Shield $3,364
Total Tuition and Fees $33,556


(Note: HDS recently changed its doctoral designation from ThD to PhD in Religion. Those currently in the ThD program will continue to be candidates for the ThD; the first cohort of PhD candidates entered in fall 2015.)

Reduced Tuition $12,064
Facilities Fee $3,070
Active File Fee $300 per semester
Activities Fee $70
University Health Services Fee $1,178
Blue Cross/Blue Shield $3,364
Total Tuition and Fees 3rd and 4th year: $16,676
5th year and beyond: $7,682

2018–19 Standard living budget

Estimating expenses and formulating realistic budgets are important tasks. A careful assessment of total resources measured against total costs is the cornerstone of sound financial planning. Although actual living expenses will depend on lifestyles, standardized budgets are used to determine aid eligibility.

The following budget represents average expenses of a master's student for the 2018–19 academic year (SeptemberMay). This budget is based on a moderate cost of living in the Cambridge area. The housing portion of the budget assumes shared occupancy of a two-bedroom unit in the surrounding community. Married students and students with dependents should anticipate higher living expenses.

Housing $11,945
Food $4,613
Books and Supplies $1,240
Personal $4,982
Total Living Expenses $22,780

The standard living expense budget is added to the cost of tuition and fees to determine a student's total cost of education. Financial aid funds are not intended to supplement expenses of family members; however, there are some exceptions that can be made to increase the budget including dependent care costs and rent. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. Please note that eligibility for institutional and federal funds requires that a single student budget be used, as federal funds are generally reserved for expenses that the individual student incurs for his or her educational program.

HDS Voices

Jonathan L. Walton

Harvard Divinity School's continued commitment to recruiting and cultivating cutting-edge scholars of religion in general, and of American religion in particular, makes it the place I want to be.
Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, and Professor of Religion and Society (HDS)

Read 'Waking from a Dream' by Jonathan L. Walton