Master of Divinity

Ecology and Justice Specialization

Out of love and respect for future generations, religious leaders need to provide those they serve with a theological framework for resisting greed, gluttony and the destruction of resources. This specialization equips students to lead others in developing economic, political, social and technological lifestyles for a more ecologically equitable and sustainable world, leading to a higher quality of life for all of God's creation.


12 credit hours from the following list of courses and an integrative paper or project. (Students may not use PT-610 or PT-615 for both the required M.Div. spirituality course and the specialization.)

CE- 620: Resisting Biocide: Environmental Ethics for Discipleship

CE-661: Christian Social Ethics

CH-642:  Christianity and Social Issues in the U.S.A.

CH-736: Julian of Norwich

CH-750: Wesley and Society

CH-767: The Social Gospel Movement

CT-750: Ecological Theology: God and Creation in Travail

ED-640: Ecological Religious Education

HB-715: Genesis

HB-781: Gender, Race, and Ecology in the Hebrew Bible

EHM-730: Community Organizing and Preaching

LS- 675: Leading Transformational Change

PT-540: Doing Our Own Work

PT-600: Food, Land and Faith Formation

PT-605: Practical Theology and Ecology

PT-610: Spiritual Formation and Social Change

PT-615: Prophetic Hope and Creative Practice

PT/WO-620: Worship, Ecology and Social Justice

PT/SR-635: Celtic Spirituality

PT-640: Knowing Where We Dwell

PT-700: Dialogues in Faith and Science


Tim Van Meter


A note about dual degrees and specializations: There are some limitations to overlapping requirements between M.Div. specializations and dual degree requirements. For example, in the dual M.Div./MAPT degree, students cannot use the M.Div. required Spirituality course in a MAPT specialization as well.

Also, dual degree students cannot combine certain specializations because of the overlap. For example, in the M.Div. program a student may have a Spirituality specialization, but if that student is also seeking a MAPT degree, the student may not specialize in Spiritual Formation and Small Group Ministry. Please contact the registrar for more details.