Joint Degree: Master of Divinity
and the MA in Sustainability

As the next generation of change agents, explore emerging solutions and advance a shared mission aimed at developing solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems.

The Master of Divinity and 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).

Plan of Study and Requirements

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

 Review the requirements of the MDiv / MA in Sustainability

Policies and 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 School of Divinity Academic Bulletin. 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.


How to Apply

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.

Apply to the School of Divinity

Apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences