Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies


Master of Arts in Social Justice

Curriculum Planning Worksheet for MASJ

The curriculum consists of a 12-course, 36 credit hour program. Of these courses, nine are required.

  • IPS 610 Foundations of Social Justice
  • IPS 532 Social Context of Ministry
  • IPS 551 Social Ethics in the Catholic Tradition
  • IPS 580 Contextual Education
  • IPS 615 Liberation Theology
  • IPS 620 Diversity and Equity
  • IPS 625 Social Ethics: Politics and Global Economics
  • IPS 635 Community Organizing and Community Development
  • IPS 660 Leadership in Social Justice Organizations

Electives (3 three-credit courses, or 9 credit hours) are chosen in consultation with the academic advisor. Electives may be taken in IPS or in many of the other schools, colleges, academic centers and institutes at Loyola University Chicago. See your academic advisor for more details.

MA in Social Justice students complete the program with IPS 593, the zero-credit Integration Project, in their final year.

The following represents a list of courses across the university that would be appropriate for students in the MA in Social Justice. It is meant to be suggestive rather than exhaustive. This list is to make students aware of “sub-disciplines” within social justice as a way of exploring different career options. This list also emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the degree and the career field. In this way, students might take multiple electives within a given field.

International Development

  • IPS 423 International Development
  • PLSC 430 Theories of International Politics

Public Policy

  • MPP 404 The Public Policy Process
  • PLSC 410 Urban Politics or MPP 410—Urban Politics and Policy


  • SOWK 509 Political and Strategic Community Interventions
  • PHIL 480 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PLSC 447 American Political Thought


  • ELPS 432 Multiculturalism for Social Justice in Higher Education
  • ELPS 550 Globalization and Education
  • ELPS 412 Sociological Analysis of Urban Education and Policy
  • ELPS 433 Student Development in Higher Education

Non-profit management/Communication

  • COMM 405 Narrative Communication Techniques
  • SOWK 713 Nonprofit Management (currently cross-listed with IPS)
  • SOWK 714 Philanthropy, Public Policy, Community Change
  • COMM 368 Critical Ethnography
  • DIGH 400 Introduction to Digital Humanities Research
  • IPS 470 Digital Media in Ministry
  • IPS 453 Fundraising and Grant Writing


  • IPS 404 Theology of Suffering
  • IPS 485 Religious Education, Evangelization, and Culture
  • IPS 403 Spiritual Paths in World Religions
  • IPS 570 Introduction to Theology & Ministry
  • IPS 572 Ignatian Spirituality I: Hearts on Fire
  • IPS 581 Contextual Education II


  • BEHP 402 Justice and Health
  • BEHP 411 Public Health Ethics
  • LAW  761 Health Justice Policy

Individuals and groups

  • PSYC 460 Social Psychology Theory
  • PSYC 473 Social Development
  • SOWK 730 Migration Dynamics and U.S. Social Policy
  • SOWK 732 Migration, Social Justice and Human Rights
  • SOCL 425 Inequality and Society
  • IPS 555 Human Person and Psychological Development
  • IPS 578 Family Systems

*Dual MASJ/MSW students should be sure to consult the dual academic advising template found at the bottom of this School of Social Work site.