Who should pursue a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics from Iliff?

It is an ideal degree for those discerning a vocation 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 or consecration as a deacon or lay minister in many denominational traditions.

MASJE Graduates Lead in:

  • Nonprofit/Advocacy – executive directors, diversity officers, community organizers, entrepreneurs, social justice policy makers, project managers, and more
  • Government – political office, campaign managers, community engagement, services directors, liaisons with departments and other agencies and organizations, supervisor community services, and more
  • Higher Education – faculty and adjunct professors, directors of programs, senior level administration, student affairs, admissions officers, and more
  • Ministry – ordained deacons, social justice advocates, social services, and more



Degree Requirements

The MASJE offers an opportunity to engage in a full array of theological studies, including an internship and personal and professional formation. Students must meet the requirements as specified in the Master’s Student Handbook in their year of matriculation.

Example of classes in the MASJE program:

  • Community Organizing
  • Foundations of Social Justice and Ethics
  • Storytelling and Narrative Justice
  • Ethical Analysis & Advocacy
  • Social Media Peace and Justice

Requirements include:

  • First Year Interdisciplinary Seminar (4 Credits)
  • Core Requirements (28 Credits) from each of the six curricular areas including Foundations of Social Change, Community Organizing, Social Change Praxes, and Social Change Seminars.
  • Social Justice and Ethics Praxis (8 credits)
  • Social Justice and Ethics Seminars (8 credits)
  • Personal and Professional Formation Courses (4 Credits)
  • Internship (8 Credits)
  • Other Courses (20 Credits)

Additional Choices

Students with an MDiv

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

Master of Social Work 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 Divinity, Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care, Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics, or Master of Theological Studies 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.

Journey MASJE

Beginning in fall 2020, the MASJE is being offered both on campus and through our hybrid Journey format! Journey is specifically designed for distance-learning students to form a cohort connection to enhance the learning experience. Courses are offered in online and hybrid formats, with short visits to Iliff 2-3 times per year for hybrid classes, weekend praxis courses, and week-long intensives.


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