M.A. in Theology and Social Justice
The M.A. in Theology and Social Justice is a 52-credit program and is designed to equip both pastors and laypersons to work in the areas of local church mission, global justice ministries, social work, and social policy to effect change on both the micro and macro levels. Students studying in the program will be exposed to various theological paradigms including, but not limited to, Protestant realism, Catholic social teaching, and liberation theologies and practices. An emphasis on theological reflection and practical application will be at the core of each course and the program as a whole. Students will have an opportunity to work in the area of social justice in a variety of settings offered including the parish, parachurch and social justice organizations, and community centers for their field experience.
This degree program is designed to enable students to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of biblical texts in relation to God's call to justice and peacemaking
- Demonstrate an understanding of various theological paradigms and theories of justice as they relate to faith and social ethics
- Demonstrate leadership in the church and society in promoting social justice
- Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of poverty, violence, war, sexism, and discrimination on families, society, and the world
- Apply theology appropriately to the practice of social justice and peacemaking both in the church and in other organizations
Students meet on a one-night-per-week schedule over two years to complete the required courses and field education requirements. Northeastern also offers an accelerated program for students interested in completing their degree in a shorter time frame.