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Master of Arts

Theology & Social Justice

Modeling Christ as an agent of social justice in the church and the world.

Interested in receiving an overview of the program with specific courses, costs, and academic plans?

44 credits, online & Part time options

Grow as a Community Advocate Through Seminary Courses

The Master of Arts in Theology and Social Justice program is designed to help you grow as a community advocate who models Christ as an agent of social justice in the church and the world. While this program centers on Christian social ethics and Biblical justice, it also provides theology courses, more typical of a seminary education, to broaden your Biblical knowledge and deepen your faith.

This 2 year 44 credit program is for those who want to examine Christian social ethics and community advocacy. With classes starting in three semesters yearly, you can complete this degree in 2 years or less. If you feel a calling to be an advocate for others, then this program is for you.

Need flexibility as a working adult? Our program is designed to fit around your ministry and work with online and evening classes. This degree can be completed fully online or a combination of online and in-person at our campus in Rochester, NY.

Who is this degree for?

Take a Christian Approach to Social Justice

Through Northeastern Seminary’s Theology and Social Justice master’s program, you will grow as a Christian leader, equipped with the practical tools and analytical skills to echo God’s call to just peacemaking. Courses include: “Social Policy, Leadership, and Community Change”, “Foundations in Christian Social Ethics”, and “Violence Against Women: Theological and Social Issues.”

Through Biblically-based, expertly taught Theology and Social Justice coursework you will:

  • Understand biblical texts in relation to God's call to justice and peacemaking.
  • Explore theological paradigms and theories of justice as they relate to present social concerns.
  • Grow to effectively lead the church and society in promoting social justice.
  • Build the skills to form appropriate strategies to respond to the effects of poverty, violence, war, sexism, and discrimination on families, society, and the world.

This social justice-centered program also offers contextual ministry experience to prepare you for your vocational goals; whether that is traditional ministry placement, working at parachurch or social services organizations, or other advocacy efforts. Graduates have gone on to serve in the global justice ministry, social service agencies, and local church organizations, and enact social policy changes.

Master of Arts Program Tuition

Cost to study Ministry Practice

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Total Program
Sticker Price: $24,420

Less than 15% of students
pay this amount

98% of students who applied
for a scholarship received one

What Are Students and Alum Saying About Their Studies?

My desire is to continue to grow in my walk with the Lord so that I may encourage and edify the body of Christ. Northeastern Seminary has especially deepened my understanding of other Christian faith traditions, equipping me to bring the people of my city together to work for the good of its people."

Marie Moy, Director of Equity, MATSJ graduate

The social ethics courses allow Christians to appreciate the relationship between their personal and corporate (church) missions and how this informs a Christ-centered approach to Social Justice for all people.”

A Northeastern Seminary Student

In the Theology and Social Justice courses, we covered the broad historical/theological movements that shape/can shape the expressions of Christian faithfulness today. The challenges that humanity faces are not new. They are as old as creation.”

A Northeastern Seminary Student


To equip students to practice ministry that is wisely and faithfully responsive to the constantly changing contexts of our culture and world

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We can't just use our faith as a ticket to heaven and ignore the hells of this earth, but we need to use our faith to compel us to do something about the wrongs of this world.

Shane Claiborne