This master’s degree program is the only interdisciplinary program of its kind

The Yale School the Environment (YSE) and Yale Divinity School (YDS) 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 concurrently in two of Yale University's distinct graduate schools. Students work towards both a Masters of Environmental Management at FES and either a Master of Arts in Religion or Masters of Divinity 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.

Note: Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim do not take on PhD students.


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Mary Evelyn Tucker: The Flourishing of People and Planet
By Ray Waddle
Yale University - Notes from the Quad
October 1, 2014

F&ES Launches First Online Courses in Religion and Ecology
By Kevin Dennehy
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
August 13, 2014

Pair Pioneers Ecology and Religion Program
By Liliana Varman
Yale Daily News
February 28, 2012


Yale School of the Environment (YSE)
Yale Divinity School (YDS)
Sample Syllabi of Course Offerings
Joint Degree Guide


In addition to this MA in Religion and Ecology, Yale also offers a
Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) Concentration in Religion and Ecology.