Master of Arts in Social Change

Degree Overview

The Master of Arts in Social Change (MASC) is a professional master’s degree that challenges you to develop and practice an inclusive and collaborative approach to social change leadership; demonstrate the cultural capacity and organizational skills necessary for civic agency and efficacy in diverse social, political, and educational contexts; and critically engage complex interdisciplinary analysis of historical and contemporary social change strategies and movements.

Graduates of the MASC Program lead social change efforts within diverse professional settings including domestic and international religious organizations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, the media, and businesses. Such leadership may also include ordination/consecration as a deacon or lay minister in various denominational traditions.

In addition, Iliff’s programs offer you the unique ability to demonstrate your effectiveness to future employers, since you may earn graduate certificates in specific areas of concentration while earning your degree and you can participate in Iliff’s signature course, Authentic Engagement™, demonstrating your ability to engage complex communities.

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Degree Curriculum

The MASC’s flexible curriculum provides an interdisciplinary approach through courses that combine political theory, sociology, ethics, theology, and the history, theory, and practice of social change. Throughout the degree students engage personal, spiritual/religious, and academic learning with critical analysis and reflection, and community engagement.

The degree program also includes a Personal and Professional Formation component, including: professional assessments and consultation; Vocation & Orientation course; Identity, Power, and Difference course; and customizable summer internship experience.

Degree Requirements

A two -year program, the MASC degree is completed with 80 quarter credits. Up to half (40 credits) of the course work may be completed in online/distributed learning formats. The MASC offers an opportunity to engage in a full array of theological studies, including an internship and other attention to personal and professional formation. Students must meet the requirements as specified in the Master’s Student Handbook of their year of matriculation.

Requirements include:

  • First Year Interdisciplinary Seminar (4 Credits)
  • Core Requirements (20 Credits) one class from each of the five curricular areas
  • Social Change Core Requirements (24 Credits) including Foundations of Social Change, Community Organizing, Social Change Praxes, and Social Change Seminars
  • Personal and Professional Formation Courses (4 Credits)
  • Internship (8 Credits)
  • Other Courses (20 Credits)

Degree Options

Course Delivery

MASC Courses are offered in traditional face-to-face format, weekend praxis, two-week immersion courses, and hybrid format (an online course with a face-to-face component).

Certificate Options

Students may simultaneously earn graduate certificates while earning their master’s degree. In addition, Iliff’s unique signature course, Authentic Engagement™, can help students learn how to engage communities in any setting.

Students with an MDIV

The MASC degree may be completed in 40 quarter credits if the student has previously completed an MDIV degree from an accredited institution.

MASCMSW Cooperative Program

A cooperative arrangement between Iliff School of Theology and The Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver allows qualified students to pursue concurrently the Master of Arts in Social Change with the Master of Social Work degree. The cooperative degree program offers students the opportunity to apply theological learning to social service settings. Each school allows students to transfer a predetermined number of credits from one degree program into the other, which allows students to complete both degrees in a shorter amount of time. Details are listed in the Master’s Student Handbook.

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