The Economy and Ivy League Divinity Schools

Harvard cuts two-year program; Yale sees 13 percent jump in applications.


It's the tale of two divinity schools. At Harvard, university-wide budgets cuts have forced divinity school officials to temporarily suspend its Program in Religious Studies and Education, a two-year program that allows students to simultaneously obtain a master's in religious studies and a middle or secondary-school teaching license, the Harvard Crimson reports.

Meanwhile, the Yale Divinity School has seen a 13 percent increase in applications, the Yale Daily News reports. Apparently, finding religion is countercyclical to the economy—admissions officers nationwide saw a similar application bump during the dot-com bust in 2001. Despite the increased interest, the divinity school will not be increasing its class size this year.