Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies


MA in Social Justice

By completing the Master of Arts in Social Justice, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • An in-depth understanding of philosophical and theological approaches to justice with a special focus on the Catholic social tradition as these approaches address global, post-modern contexts.  
  • A greater awareness and understanding of competing forces at the heart of conflicts over justice in various contexts and one’s own location in relation to them. (poverty, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, power, inequality, religion) 
  • A spiritual maturity that drives one to fully and productively engage in diverse contexts experiencing oppression, marginalization, deprivation and conflict. 
  • The primary skills of deep listening, dialogue, socio-cultural assessment and analysis, adaptive leadership, conflict transformation, relationship building, and have basic facility in the secondary skills of community organizing and development, advocacy for policy change, and practical knowledge for organizational management and social entrepreneurship.
  • Substantive development of key business skills in their chosen areas of interest, including such areas as marketing, management, operation, and accounting.
  • An understanding of how these business skills can be put to work critically and constructively to support the missions of social justice organizations.

With the Social Enterprise concentration students will have the opportunity to develop, in consultation with their academic advisors, course plans that will help them gain understanding and nurture business skills specific to their interests and context. The general outcome is an ability to use more effectively business means in pursuit of social justice. More specifically, students can focus on such areas as marketing, management, leadership, operations, accounting, entrepreneurship, and more. With business knowledge and skills, graduate of the MASJ-SE program will be equipped to lead social justice organizations effectively and sustainably over time, increasing the depth and breadth of their social impact.