The joint degree 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 at the Yale Divinity School
and by the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale
Students earn one of two environment degrees – the Master of Environmental Management (MEM)
or the Master of Environmental Science (MESc)
– and one of two religion degrees – the Master of Divinity (MDiv)
or the Master of Arts in Religion (MAR).
The joint program reduces the total time of study by one year.
Course of Study
Each environment degree program requires a completion of 36 credits as well as a summer internship and a thesis or a capstone project. In addition, all joint-degree students are required to attend three weeks of technical skills training before beginning their studies at YSE. These are hands-on workshops, offered every August, that teach plant identification, ecosystems management, land measurement, and urban ecosystem analysis. Please see Degree Programs
at YSE for more information.
At the Divinity School (YDS), the M.Div. certifies completion of a program of theological studies designed primarily to prepare the candidate for either ordained or unordained Christian ministry. The requirements reflect the intention of the School to provide an education that is theologically informed, professionally competent, academically rigorous, and oriented to the life of the church.
The M.A.R. certifies completion of a comprehensive program of study in preparation for one of the many forms of lay ministry or service, or completion of one of the concentrated programs of advanced study offered by the School. Please see Degree Requirements
at YDS for more information.
Each school individually admits students in accordance with its own criteria. Prospective students may apply to the program prior to matriculation by submitting a separate application to each school during a single admissions cycle. For more information on admission, please visit YSE Masters Admissions
and the Divinity School Admissions.
Students pay tuition for three semesters at YSE, and three semesters at YDS. For more information on applying for financial aid at YSE, please see the YSE financial aid website
. For information on financial aid at Divinity, please see the Divinity School financial aid website
. Students must apply for financial aid at each school, and any aid awarded will apply to the semesters in which a student is enrolled at that particular school.