Research

Research

At Harvard, advanced programs of study involving religion may be arranged under many auspices. The Ph.D. under this Committee is in "The Study of Religion". Some candidates will find that they can best pursue their interests by becoming a candidate for the Ph.D. in such departments as Anthropology, Classics, History, East Asian or Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Philosophy, or Sanskrit and Indian Studies. Likewise, some candidates may find the program for the M.T.S., M.Div., or Th.M. degree in the Harvard Divinity School more suitable for focusing their interests and strengthening their preparation for doctoral studies. The Committee reserves the right to advise the applicant to seek training in one of these alternative programs if in its judgment such a course would be in the applicant's interest.

Fields of study, admissions, and requirements differ; applicants should indicate in their submission which field will be their primary specialization. If you indicate one of the fields marked below by an asterisk*, please specify the religious traditions(s) and/or approximate geographical range(s) or temporal period(s) from which the primary sources for your focus of inquiry will be drawn. You may also propose comparative work within any of these fields.

For descriptions and related faculty, please refer to the corresponding field page under the Research section.

  • African Religions
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Comparative Studies
  • East Asian Religions
  • Ethics*
  • Greco-Roman Religions
  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • History of Christianity
  • Islamic Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
  • Philosophy of Religion*
  • Religion and Society*
  • Religion, Gender and Culture*
  • Religions of the Americas
  • Religions of Late Antiquity: Judaism and Christianity
  • South Asian Religions
  • Theology*