The education of learned ministers has been central to the mission of Harvard since its founding. Recognizing that the world is a religiously plural place, M.Div. students of many faith communities study side by side in order to foster a greater understanding of interreligious dialogue and work. Graduating M.Div. students leave HDS with a toolkit that prepares them to serve within a religious community, to explore the spiritually formative dimension of intellectual work, to evaluate and act on the needs and questions of religious communities and beyond, and to speak with both a pastoral and a public voice.