Theology and Social Justice, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Theology and Social Justice program is designed to help you grow as a peacemaker who models Christ as an agent of social justice in the church and the world, and as a gracious participant in a worldwide, multiethnic, multigenerational Christian community.



graduates have gone on to serve in global justice ministries, social service agencies, local church missions, and to enact social policy changes

“Northeastern Seminary allowed me to not only learn about words, ideas, or history. It taught me who I am, what are the unique gifts that I have, and what are the struggles and strengths that I am bringing into my ministry. Without this experience, I wouldn’t know how to transform those things to be more effective in ministry.” ~Amy Smith, Theology and Social Justice, M.A. ’15

What will I learn?

At Northeastern Seminary, you will grow as a community advocate through innovative online and classroom experiences in the Theology and Social Justice program. Develop an understanding of God's call to social justice and peacemaking in courses that are Biblically-based, expertly taught, and holistically supported.

  • Gain contextual experience in a ministry that fits your vocational goals.
  • Complete an integrative program capstone that prepares students for ministry placement.

The Great Conversation

At the center of your Northeastern experience is a great, ongoing conversation. Listen to the voices from throughout time and around the world as you consider what it looks like to live as a Gracious Christian, fulfilling your purpose in God’s ongoing work of restoring wholeness to the world.

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Alumni Success

Marie Moy

Marie Moy '15
Volunteer Coordinator, Jericho Road Community Health Center

Mike Traylor

Mike Traylor '12
Pediatrician, Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center


Julio Nieves '18
Program Director, First Star Academy

Wanda Hill

Wanda Hill '17

Upcoming Class Starts

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2019 | Summer Session
  • Monday, August 26, 2019 | Fall Session
  • Monday, January 20, 2019 | Spring Session

Apply by April 1 to receive priority consideration for admission and financial aid.

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Who will I meet?

Dr. Beth Gerhardt

Elizabeth L. Gerhardt, Th.D.
Professor of Theology and Social Ethics

Dr. Elizabeth Gerhardt brings to Northeastern Seminary an extensive background in the areas of theology, church history, and social ethics. She is a sought-after speaker and active participant in interviews and lectures across the United States. Dr. Gerhardt’s research interests focus on the application of the theology of the cross to contemporary global justice issues and church response. 

Between grace and truth, you find healing.