On behalf of the entire Howard University School of Divinity Community, welcome to the Prospective Students page. We are delighted that you have decided to take a closer look at Howard University School of Divinity, one of the graduate/professional schools of the Howard University. Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Howard University School of Divinity is located in Washington, DC, the nation’s capital. Rich in cultural, scientific, educational, and business resources, the Washington metropolitan area acts as a stimulus to the intellect, the spirit, and the soul. Living in Washington is quite a learning experience. School of Divinity students are able to use their theological education to address the needs and concerns of our local community from neighborhood organizations to Capitol Hill. Students are active participants in the work of local churches of all denominations. Through the Washington Theological Consortium, School of Divinity students are able to explore the interconnections among the many faith communities in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
Social justice is the foundation on which Howard University School of Divinity was built. The School traces its history back to the schooner Amistad and the New England Congregationalists. The American Missionary Assn. (AMA) was founded by a group of New England Congregationalists in 1839-1840 after they successfully advocated for the freedom of the slaves held captive aboard the Amistad. This group of Congregationalists met in 1866 during a prayer meeting to discuss the training of religious leaders to meet the spiritual needs of newly freed slaves. While the initial plan was to teach religion, the scope was broadened to include education and liberal arts. Thus was the founding of Howard University in 1867. The founding of Howard University School of Divinity followed in 1870.
Accredited in 1940, under the leadership of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, HUSD is one of the oldest fully-accredited theological schools - and the oldest historically Black school - affiliated with the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Additionally, it is the only African-American theological school connected to a comprehensive category I research institution. The School offers an unparalleled educational experience that not only reflects the African-American cultural and religious tradition, but also the foundations of excellence promoted throughout Howard's history and the unique opportunity afforded by its location in the nation's capital. Upon graduation, HUSD students are well prepared for pastoral ministry, university, hospital and military chaplaincies, teaching, or research vocations.
We invite you to explore your questions and pursue your calling with us as we fulfill our mission as a graduate theological and professional school that educates and forms academic and religious leaders to serve the Church and society, and celebrates the religious and cultural heritage of African Americans, the African Diaspora, and Africa.
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updated: October 23, 2013