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Master of Divinity / MA in Sustainability

The Master of Divinity / Master of Arts in Sustainability joint degree acknowledges the growing demand for professionals in religious leadership venues who have the knowledge and the skills to lead communities to respond to critical ecological and other social issues. Congregations and other religiously affiliated organizations are increasingly interested in sustainability concerns and seek leaders who can guide their efforts to respond to these concerns. Knowledge from the biological, physical, chemical, and earth sciences are critical to any working professional who designs and implements sustainability practices. The humanities and social sciences incorporate information about spirituality, religious beliefs, and an understanding and appreciation of our relationship to the natural world.

This degree is a collaborative project shared by the Wake Forest University Center of Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES).

Admission

Candidates for the joint degree must apply both to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Divinity, following the admissions’ requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to each program in order to pursue a joint degree. A joint committee consisting of faculty and staff both from the School of Divinity and CEES will make final determinations about an applicant’s suitability for the joint degree.

>> Applying to the School of Divinity

>> Applying to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

 

Current Wake Forest Students

Students already enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program who decide to pursue the joint degree will complete an abbreviated application that includes a statement of interest and appropriate test scores. The GRE requirements are optional for Wake Forest students enrolled in the School of Divinity.

Plan of Study

The MDiv / MA in Sustainability joint degree is designed to be 96 credit hours completed in seven semesters plus one full summer session (based on full-time enrollment).

 

Semester by Semester Overview
  Fall Spring Summer
Year One Divinity Divinity  
Year Two Divinity Divinity  
Year Three Divinity Divinity Sustainability
Year Four Sustainability    

 

Requirements specific to the Master of Divinity degree
51 hours
     
Biblical Studies
BIB 521 Old Testament Interpretation I 3 hours
BIB 522 Old Testament Interpretation II 3 hours
BIB 541 New Testament Interpretation I 3 hours
BIB 542 New Testament Interpretation II 3 hours
  One area elective in Old or New Testament 3 hours
    15 hours
     
Historical and Theological Studies
HIS 501 History of Christianity I 3 hours
HIS 502 History of Christianity II 3 hours
  World Religions requirement 3 hours
THS 501 Foundations of Christian Theology 3 hours
  Ethics requirement 3 hours
  Theology elective 3 hours
    18 hours
     
Ministerial Studies
MIN 501 Art of Ministry I 2 hours
MIN 551 Homiletics and Worship 3 hours
  Spirituality requirement 1 hour
MIN 631 Ministry of Pastoral Care 3 hours
    9 hours
     
Six divinity credit hours from the following:
  Foundational course from food and faith concentration 3 hours 
  Foundation course from faith and health of the public concentration 3 hours
  Any ethics elective 3 hours
  Any leadership elective 3 hours
  Any church and community elective 3 hours

 

Requirements specific to the Masters of Arts in Sustainability degree
17 hours  
   
Global Human Systems 3 hours 
Resource Management and Energy Science 3 hours
Sustainable Organizational Management 3 hours
Environmental Law and Policy 3 hours
Applied Sustainability 2 hours
Any sustainability elective 3 hours
   
The descriptions of all Sustainability courses can be found online.  

 

Requirements shared by the two degree programs; these courses constitute the integrative foundation of the joint degree
13 hours
 
Master of Divinity
MIN 601 and 602: Art of Ministry Internship (two semesters, 6 credit hours) – In consultation with advisers from both degree programs, students will complete an 8-10 hour per week internship in a setting in which they can utilize and explore sustainability concerns.
 
Master of Arts in Sustainability
Practicum in Applied Sustainability (2 credit hours, plus 1 hour divinity directed reflection = 3 hours total) – This course provides opportunities for students to experience sustainability in action in a variety of settings. Students will enroll in the course through the sustainability program and will be assigned a divinity faculty mentor to facilitate directed theological reflection on the experiences.
 
Research Thesis or Extended Practicum
(4 hours – summer term) – This requirement combines capstone courses from both degree programs. In this summer term, students will prepare a research thesis, under the guidance of a faculty advisor on a topic approved in advance by the sustainability program director and the academic dean of the School of Divinity. Alternatively, students may participate in a summer practicum or internship. If they select that option, they will meet with a faculty advisor periodically to discuss their internship, which will culminate with a written reflection on their experience submitted to a designated faculty person in one of the two programs.
 
15 hours
Remaining 15 hours of joint degree credits will be made up of a combination of elective hours from both degrees.
Policies & Procedures

Advising and Supervision

Students will be assigned a primary faculty advisor from each of the degree programs.The Sustainability Program Director and the Academic Dean for the School of Divinity will consult on appropriate advising for joint degree students. During the semester preceding the thesis or capstone project, the primary advisor from each degree program will meet with the student to discuss appropriate program and course options. If a student chooses to complete the degree program with a capstone project (extended practicum), the Sustainability Program Director and the Art of Ministry director will work together to determine a placement and placement activities. If a student elects the thesis option, one of the student’s primary adviser or a faculty mentor with experience in the student’s area of research will oversee thesis development.

Retention, Candidacy, Graduation

Continuing eligibility requirements prior to the student’s enrollment in the thesis or capstone project during the final summer term will be based on School of Divinity continuing eligibility requirements stated in the 2013-2014 Bulletin (p. 33). Prior to beginning the thesis or capstone project, a committee composed of student faculty advisers from both programs, the Sustainability Program Director, and the School of Divinity Academic Dean will consider a student’s overall performance to that point and determine by consensus if the student is suited to continued candidacy. Once a student enters the final phase of the joint degree program, the academic committee will evaluate the thesis or project and determine whether to award the degree. If the committee requests revisions, the student will return a satisfactory thesis or deliverable within the following semester in order to graduate.