Distance Learning
Wake Forest

Virtual Synchronous Classrooms

The Sustainability Graduate Program will be offered as virtual synchronous online courses (real-time, face-to-face classes meeting in an online virtual classroom) starting the 2021-2022 academic year.

Students can complete the entire degree remotely, including electives. Some in-person electives are available if on-campus classes are preferred.

A distinctive dual degree program designed with Wake Forest’s School of Divinity, the Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Sustainability satisfies the growing demand for professional religious leaders who have the knowledge and skills to lead communities to respond to critical ecological and environmental issues.


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

Wake Forest students already enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program who decide to pursue the dual degree will complete an abbreviated application that includes a statement of interest and appropriate test scores.


The MDiv / MA in Sustainability Dual Degree

Designed to be 96 credit hours completed in 7 semesters plus 1 full Summer session (based on full-time enrollment).

Requirements specific to the Master of Divinity
Biblical Studies 15
Historical and Theological Studies 18
Ministerial Studies 9
Choose 6 hours from the following:
Foundational course from food and faith concentration (3)
Foundation course from faith and health of the public concentration (3)
Any ethics elective (3)
Any leadership elective (3)
Any church and community elective (3)
Requirements specific to the Master of Arts in Sustainability
Sustainability Core Courses 12
Applied Sustainability 2
Any Sustainability Elective 3
Requirements shared by the two degree programs
Master of Divinity
MIN 601 and 602: Art of Ministry Internship (2 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)
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 Internship
(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.
Remaining 18 hours of dual degree credits will be made up of a combination of elective hours from both degrees. 18