Social Justice

Loyola University Chicago

24 months
1033 USD/credit
1033 USD/credit
1033 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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Significant numbers of professionals, young adults, and activists are intensely interested in community service, social justice, 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 program 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
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • Official Transcripts
Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online.
  • A Personal Statement

    Your statement should be approximately 6 double-spaced pages and respond to the topics below.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1033 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1033 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1033 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1033 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    1033 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1033 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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