MA in Spirituality and Social Change

The Master of Arts in Spirituality and Social Change combines spiritual formation and theological education with the training required to effect social change. As our communities face social and ecological crises, the MA in Spirituality and Social Change equips students to respond.

The curriculum is designed to prepare students to serve in a wide variety of faith-based leadership roles in diverse contexts, including rostered deacons in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), chaplains, community organizers, non-profit leaders, and much more.

Through spiritual formation and the study of scripture, theology, and practical leadership skills, students in the MA in Spirituality and Social Change are invited to engage God’s presence in working together toward the healing and transformation of  their communities. How does your faith inform the world you want to live in? And how can you be part of creating that world?

Who is the MA for?

Anyone interested in the intersection of Christian spirituality and social change. The program is designed for any person who feels called to faith-rooted, justice seeking work, and is specifically tailored for folks pursuing Word and Service (deacon) ministry in the ELCA.

Can I focus my studies on a specific area?

PLTS offers two concentrations:

  1. Evangelism and Justice
  2. Climate Justice and Faith

MA students have access to the courses and co-curricular events required in these concentrations.

Is a thesis required?

Rather than a thesis, the MA in Spirituality and Social change requires an 8-month internship.

What is the length of the program?

Two years, including intercessions (J-terms) and summers.

Can I complete the program online?

Yes! MA students can choose between the Residential Learning or Distributed Learning programs.

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