Joint Degree in Religion & Ecology

Please note, this joint degree program is separate from the M.A.R. Concentration in Religion and Ecology offered by Yale Divinity School. Learn more about the M.A.R. Concentration in Religion and Ecology here.

The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES) and Yale Divinity School offer a joint Masters degree program in Religion and Ecology.  It is aimed at students who wish to integrate the study of environmental issues and religious communities in their professional careers and for those who wish to study the cultural and ethical dimensions of environmental problems.  The joint degree is strongly supported by co-appointed faculty and by the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale.

This degree program provides an opportunity to study in two independent schools at Yale University.  Students work towards both a Masters of Environmental Management at FES and either a Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) or a Master of Divinity (MDIV) at YDS.  Within these schools, they are encouraged to take courses in environmental ethics and religion and ecology.  Students have the opportunity to work with faculty in both schools, as well as with a number of co-appointed faculty members.

Individuals must apply separately to both FES and YDS and be admitted to both.  In consultation with the registrars and with the academic deans at both schools, students will develop a study plan for meeting all requirements.  With careful planning, joint degrees can be completed in less time than it would take to pursue them both separately.  This joint degree in religion and ecology is the first program of its kind in North America.  It aims to attract students to a growing field of study with far-reaching implications for the future of the Earth community.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at or the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ Admissions Office at

Forum on Religion & Ecology at Yale

Emerging Earth Community blog post about the joint-degree

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