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PhD Religion

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

31196 USD
31196 USD

Application fee

International 105 USD
National 105 USD
Harvard Divinity School
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)330

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About this course

With a focus on global religions, religion and culture, and forces that shape religious traditions and thought, the PhD prepares students for advanced research and scholarship in religion and theological studies. This is a joint degree program offered by the HDS and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, administered by the Committee on the Study of Religion.

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Eligibility Criteria

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7.5
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100
  • TOEFL-PBT: 600
  • GRE: 330

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Course Modules

Resources for the study of religion at Harvard are vast. We offer courses in the whole range of religious traditions from the ancient Zoroastrian tradition to modern Christian liberation movements, Islamic and Jewish philosophies, Buddhist social movements, and Hindu arts and culture. Some of us work primarily as historians, others as scholars of texts, others as anthropologists, although the boundaries of these methodologies are never firm. Some of us are adherents of a religious tradition; others are not at all religious. The Study of Religion is exciting and challenging precisely because of the conversations that take place across the complexities of disciplines, traditions, and intellectual commitments.

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How to Apply

Application materials
A completed application for the MDiv, MTS, and ThM programs consists of the following:

  • Online application form
  • Application fee of $75 or approved waiver (please note that in order to access the fee waiver request form, you must initiate an online application)
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Complete academic history with transcripts for all coursework taken for credit
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted electronically through our online application system)
  • Statement of purpose—1,000 words
  • Essay—500 words. (For MDiv and MTS only; essay prompt will be provided in application form.) Please respond to either essay question:
  • What are the imperatives and potential pitfalls of graduate study in a multifaith environment?
  • What do you see as the challenges of ministry, religious studies, or theological scholarship, and what do you see as the rewards?
  • Unexpired GRE General Test or revised General Test scores or approved waiver; see below
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (required of some international applicants only)

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