MA in Justice Ministry

Program Overview

The MA in Justice Ministry provides ministers with expertise in dealing with theological and pastoral issues related to reconciliation and peace-making processes within the Church and the world. The program prepares ministers to deal theologically, pastorally, and critically with issues of social justice within the church and the world. Courses in this program enable the students to:

  • attain a basic, yet solid grounding in Catholic theological warrants for justice in a globalized world;
  • gain specialized knowledge of issue areas, e.g.: Reconciliation, Environment, Racial, Social Justice (especially when elective courses are carefully selected);
  • acquire a set of practical skills that enable them to employ best practices in ministry for justice;
  • integrate theological knowledge, ministerial practices, and issue analysis for justice ministry.

This program can be completed full or part-time on campus, or part-time online with no residency requirement.

Program Structure (36 semester credits)

  • 24 semester credits required courses
  • 6 semester credits Ministry Practicum with a summative final paper/project
  • 6 semester credits elective courses

Download full program requirements

In addition to their coursework, all CTU students participate in spiritual formation that helps them integrate their theological coursework into their daily lives. For more information about formation programs at CTU, click here.

  • Engage in constructive theological reflection on Catholic scripture and tradition in a faithful, historically critical, and culturally and ecumenically sensitive manner;
  • Demonstrate in practice the capacity for effective pastoral leadership within their particular cultural and religious contexts; and
  • Demonstrate progress toward integration as ministers/leaders, including growth in their spiritual formation and their development of a coherent theological vision.
  • Bachelor’s degree or qualify for Bachelor degree equivalency
  • Recommend at least five years prior ministerial experience, paid or volunteer
  • English language proficiency for graduate level studies

Additional Information

Application Guidelines

Requirements for International Students

Critical Dates and Deadlines

  • March 1, 2021 – CTU Scholarship Application Deadline (all admission application material must be received by CTU by March 1, 2021 in order to be considered for scholarships)
  • May 1, 2021 –Application deadline for Internationally-based students
  • August 15, 2021 – Application deadline for US-based students

Alumni Profiles

Ryan Lents, MA in Justice Ministry '18

Before beginning his studies at CTU, Ryan served as the Program Director of Amate House, a young adult service and leadership development program sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Read more.