Master of Arts in Justice and Advocacy
School of Mission and Theology
Fullerâs MA in Justice and Advocacy (MJA) provides a formational education for those enacting Godâs call to âdo justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Godâ in their vocational contexts. Marked by Fullerâs distinctive integration of theology, psychology, and missiology, this fully online masterâs program equips students with a comprehensive understanding of the pursuit of Godâs justice as an integral part of Godâs mission in the world, equipping them for impactful leadership in justice and advocacy work in diverse settings.
Biblically Integrative Curriculum
Biblical foundations for justice and advocacy with interdisciplinary methods incorporating theology, missiology and psychology
Connect with cohort members who have 3-5 years of justice and advocacy experience
2-2.5 year Online Program
60 quarter units
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The 60-unit MA in Justice and Advocacy (MJA) provides the opportunity to develop a biblical, gospel-shaped moral imagination for social transformation in the studentâs own context. In this masterâs program, learn to recognize patterns of systemic injustice, and practice applying distinctively Christian practical skills and strategies for justice and shalom. Combining robust academics and intentional spiritual formation, the MJA equips students with advanced knowledge in social science research, community organizing and development, and social transformation. At the same time, students are cultivated as faithful disciples and Christian leaders through biblical studies and spiritual disciplines that sustain a long-term commitment to Godâs justice.
Students in the MJA program come with a shared desire to seek Godâs peace by transforming organizations, systems, and institutions in accordance with it. By interacting with faculty and other students committed to this pursuit, MJA participants will increase their capacities for doing justice in a variety of vocational settings, such as:
- Community organizer or community developer
- Nonprofit organization director or staff member
- Community pastor or lead staff member
- Faith-based organization director or staff member
- Professional with a desire to work toward justice
- Bivocational Christian leader
- Justice-oriented leader
Please note that this program is currently pending authorization for online studies in some US states. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more specific information about authorization in your state.
"The MA in Justice and Advocacy provides biblical foundation and indispensable formation for leaders and change agents that are seeking Godâs shalom in their contexts; working with the Spirit to transform organizations, systems, and communities."
â Dwight Radcliff, Academic Dean of the Pannell Center for Black Church Studies
Most students can expect to complete the MJA degree in 2-2.5 years through online courses. Coursework covers subjects like biblical studies, Christian ethics, psychology, community development, and missiology. Elective courses allow for the exploration of areas for further study including the ethics of justice; understanding change processes; social engagement; children and youth; and race, identity, and justice. A field integration component is required.
Learn in a Supportive Cohort
MA in Justice and Advocacy students progress through the program with the same cohort of 8â12 students, led by dedicated faculty members. Studying in a cohort allows students to connect with others committed to a similar pursuit of justice, offering opportunities to exchange ideas, share resources, expand professional networks, and build relationships that last far beyond graduation.
In the MJA programâs Field Integration component, students have the opportunity to reflect deeply upon coursework and cohort experiences as they embody an approach to shalom in their own context, developing a dialogical practice that will inform their evolving work and commitment to justice and advocacy.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Many ¹ú²úÖ÷²¥students are eligible for some kind of financial aid. New Student Scholarships vary by program and quarter. Contact your Admissions Counselor for more information about scholarships you may qualify for. US Citizens and Permanent Residents may also apply for US federal aid and work study.
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