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Master of Arts in Justice Ministry

 

Master of Arts in Justice Ministry
(36 credit-hours)

This degree provides ministers with expertise in dealing with theological and pastoral issues related to reconciliation and peace-making processes within the Church and the world. There are four concentrations: environmental justice, racial justice, reconciliation and social justice.

Distance Learning Option

Up to twelve credit-hours may be earned entirely online. Other courses may be offered in the blended format of both on-site and online coursework.

Educational goals and outcomes for students

  • Attainment of a solid grounding in Catholic theological warrants for justice in a globalized world
  • Attainment of a specialized knowledge of one issue area: environmental justice, racial justice, reconciliation, or social justice
  • Attainment of a set of practical skills that enables the employment of best practices in ministry for justice
  • Integration of theological knowledge, skills in issue analysis, and ministerial practices for justice ministry

Prerequisites

All applicants should have an undergraduate degree or its equivalent.

Core Courses for all concentrations

Course of StudyCredit-hours
Core Courses: 
FP4001: Theology and Practice of Ministry2
FA4000: Doing Theology2
FR4001: Religious Experience in Context2
FT4001: Understanding Christian Tradition2
Introduction to Old Testament2
Introduction to New Testament2
Department Requirements6
Electives/Additional Requirements (see below)13
Ministry (see below)5
Total36

 

Additional Required Courses by concentration (18 credits)

Environmental JusticeCredit-hours
Christology3
Care for the Earth3
Catholic Environmental Ethics: Sources, Norms, and Issues3
An additional 6 credit-hours
choosing from the following courses
 
Pastoral Ministry as Justice Praxis3
Creation and Eschatology2
Ecology and Spiritual Practice3
Ethics, Spirituality, Global Climate Change3
The Book of Genesis3
The Religious and Social Protest of Amos3
Old Testament Poetry (Wisdom Literature)3
The Gospel of John3
Additional requirement 
Pastoral Project/Internship in Ecotheology3
Total18

 

Racial JusticeCredit-hours
Ethics of Power and Racial Justice3
Holocaust and Genocide3
Choose one:3
Christology3
Christian Anthropology3
Choose one:3
Pastoral Ministry as Justice Praxis3
Latino/a Perspectives in Ministry and Theology3
Pastoral Care in the African-American Community3
Pastoral Ministry in U.S. Asian & Pacific Island Contexts3
Choose one:3
Reading the Bible Differently: African American Perspectives3
Perspectives in African American Biblical Interpretation3
Luke as a Story in Asian Context3
Strangers, Migrants, and Refugees in the Bible3
Additional requirement 
Pastoral Project/Internship in Racial Justice3
Total18

 

Reconciliation and Peace-BuildingCredit-hours
Choose two: 
Reconciliation and Forgiveness3
Pastoral Ministry as Justice Praxis3
Ethics of Power and Racial Justice3
Christian Perspectives on War and Peace3
Politics and the Christian Conscience3
Additional courses in concentration: 6 credits
(see program director for full list of course options)                 
6
Electives3
Additional requirement 
Pastoral Project or Internship in Ecotheology3
Total18

 

Social JusticeCredit-hours
Christology3
Pastoral Ministry as Justice Praxis3
Choose two: 
World Poverty, Development and Life’s liberation3
Global Economic Justice and Christian Faith3
Spirituality, Liturgy and the Quest for Justice3
Christian Perspectives on War and Peace3
Politics and Christian Conscience3
Choose one: 
The Religious and Social Protest of Amos3
Strangers, Migrants, and Refugees in the Bible3
Biblical Foundations for Discipleship3
Old Testament Prophets3
Additional requirement 
Pastoral Project/Internship: Social Justice                                3
Total18

 

Additional Program Requirements

Participation in appropriate spiritual formation program.

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

  1. Three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant’s suitability for graduate study and ministry. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Admissions Office. Note: Applicants from participating religious communities need to provide a letter from the community affirming their support to pursue this degree.
  2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended by the applicant. Transcripts are to be sent by the Registrars of these schools directly to the Admissions Office.
  3. Undergraduate background in theology and/or philosophy is recommended.
  4. Three years of experience in communicating religious values to others.

 

For more information contact:

Kathy Van Duser
Director of Recruitment
Tel: 773.371.5450
E-mail: recruit@ctu.edu or
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