Northeastern Seminary

Prospective Students | Theological Education Programs

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 the area of promoting social justice

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of poverty, violence, war, sexism, and discrimination on families, society, and the world

  • Develop skills and apply theology to the practice of social justice and peacemaking both in the church and in other organizations

Program Check Sheet

Program Specifics

Students meet on a one-night-per-week schedule as part of a cohort of up to 27 students  for the first year to two years. One additional year is needed to complete other required courses and field education requirements. NES also offers an accelerated program. Contact for details.


To be admitted as a regular student in any of the Master of Arts programs at Northeastern Seminary, the applicant must:

  1. Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

  2. Complete the application process.

  3. Demonstrate readiness for graduate-level academic work and be approved by the Seminary Admissions Committee.


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