Social Justice

Loyola University Chicago

M.A. On Campus
12 months
1033 USD/credit
1033 USD/credit
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Significant numbers of professionals, young adults, and activists are intensely interested in community service, Social Justice at Loyola University Chicago, and human rights advocacy; they often identify themselves as "change agents." Faith-based community service programs, service immersion trips, and social justice projects attract high-minded "change agents" of great generosity and courage.


The post-Vatican II emphasis on a Church that sees working for justice as constitutive of the Christian life and that proposes an “option for the poor” as a pastoral standard, has spawned a growing number of talented and educated young adults who want to integrate service, social justice, and advocacy into their life patterns and career choices. With Pope Francis I, this movement is gaining even more momentum.

This Social Justice program at Loyola University Chicago is designed to serve these "change agents," offering them a solid grounding in spiritual and theological foundations for this work, information about the key social justice issues today, the skills and tools of assessment and analysis in addressing these issues, best-practice strategies for effective work in advocacy and community development, contextual education at sites where social justice work is exemplary, and the practical tools of successful leadership in addressing social justice issues.

Students in the program will:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of Catholic social teachings (and their basis in Catholic fundamental theology) and the foundational principles of liberation theology; introductory understanding of similar foundations in other denominations and religions;
  • Develop theological reflection skills which bring personal, cultural, institutional contexts together with the Christian tradition;
  • Attain in-depth information and analysis of current social justice issues: race, ethnicity, culture; poverty and its causes; immigration issues; issues and concerns around criminal justice, from policing to prisons; global politics and economics;
  • Develop the skills of social assessment and analysis;
  • Develop practical knowledge and skills: community organizing, community development, advocacy in public policy, recruiting and managing volunteers

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Social Justice
  • Social Context of Ministry
  • Social Ethics in the Catholic Tradition
  • Contextual Education
  • Liberation Theology
  • Diversity and Equity
  • Social Ethics: Politics and Global Economics
  • Community Organizing and Community Development
  • Leadership for Social Transformation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Completed Application Form
  • Letters of Recommendation 
  • Statement of PurposeTest Scores (GMAT or GRE)
  • Professional Resume
  • Language Test Requirement
  • Transcript Evaluation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1033 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1033 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1033 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1033 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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Social Justice
Loyola University Chicago