Admissions & Aid: Diversity and Explorations Program

What is DivEx Online?

DivEx 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. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to move this program online for 2020. 

I was not accepted for the DivEx program. Can I still apply for admission in the fall? Can I get feedback on my application?

 

Absolutely! We encourage you to apply to any of our HDS programs even if you were not selected for the Diversity and Explorations Program. In fact, some students who may be well-qualified for an HDS degree program may not be ideal for participation in DivEx as the program is exploratory by design. Not being selected for the Diversity and Explorations Program will not adversely affect future application for admission to any HDS program.

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I’ve submitted my application with all required documents, but I still see red ‘x’ marks indicating that some documents have not been uploaded. What does this mean?

Our application processing system can take a short while to refresh after an application has been submitted. We recommend you check back in 30 to 60 minutes from the time of submission, which should allow the system to properly refresh. If documents are still shown as missing at that time, please email us at admissions@hds.harvard.edu so we can look into the issue. 

I am an international student. May I apply?

No. 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.  

What kind of transcripts will I have to provide in my application?

You’ll need to provide HDS with unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary institutions where you have completed, or are currently pursuing a degree, unless the courses and grades from a previous institution are listed on your current, degree-bearing institution’s transcript. You don’t need to submit a separate transcript if they were courses completed at the college level while you were in high school, although you are welcome to submit those if you would like to. If you have any questions about your...

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My recommender does not have or has limited access to the Internet. Can they mail in a hard copy? Can a recommender hand-deliver a letter if they are local?

All recommendation letters must be submitted electronically through the online application system. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the HDS Office of Admissions is physically closed and the staff are working remotely. We will not be able to accept any hard copy materials.  

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