The Wake Forest University School of Divinity provides an integrative, multi-disciplinary approach to theological education. One of our aims is to equip our students to be public religious leaders. Several concentrations within the Master of Divinity degree offer courses that allow students to develop skills and gain knowledge specific to particular fields of study and areas of religious leadership.
While concentrations are not required, students can choose a concentration that allows them to explore in greater depth areas of particular interest. Each concentration includes several foundational courses along with related internship requirements.
The School encourages students by the end of their second full semester of study in the MDiv program to state an interest in a concentration by submitting a “concentration declaration” form to the Office of Academic Affairs. Students will work with their faculty advisers to design an appropriate course of study for the student’s remaining semesters in the program.
Courses taken to fulfill requirements of a concentration will also count as Divinity electives.
Currently, four concentrations are available.
- An Episcopal Studies concentration is designed to meet the requirements for students preparing for ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church.
- An Interfaith Literacy and Leadership concentration is designed to provide students with opportunities for focused study of a non-Christian religious or spiritual tradition.
- A concentration in Religious Leadership in Food, Health, and Ecology explores the implications for and intersections of contemporary religious leadership with foodways, the health of the public, and ecology. Students may focus on one of these three tracks.
- A Sustainability concentration is completed through coursework offered by the Wake Forest Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES).