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
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
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.
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To be admitted as a regular student in any of the Master of Arts
programs at Northeastern Seminary, the applicant must:
Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or
Complete the application process.
Demonstrate readiness for graduate-level academic work and be
approved by the Seminary Admissions Committee.