COVID-19 Updates
Skip to content
Master of Arts in Justice and Advocacy

School of Mission and Theology

Fuller’s MA in Justice and Advocacy (MJA) provides a formational education for those enacting God’s call to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God” in their vocational contexts. Marked by Fuller’s distinctive integration of theology, psychology, and missiology, this fully online master’s program equips students with a comprehensive understanding of the pursuit of God’s justice as an integral part of God’s mission in the world, equipping them for impactful leadership in justice and advocacy work in diverse settings.

Integrated curriculum

Study theology, missiology, and psychology

Supportive cohort

Connect with others on the journey

Biblical approach

Build your foundations for justice and advocacy

2-year Online Program

60 quarter units

Study with faculty like these:

Dwight Radcliff

Academic Dean of the Pannell Center for Black Church Studies

Alexia Salvatierra

Assistant Professor of Mission and Global Transformation

Miyoung Yoon Hammer

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Explore other members of our renowned faculty

Request More Information About the MA in Justice and Advocacy






scales of justice

Overview

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 student’s own context. In this master’s 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 God’s justice.

Students in the MJA program come with a shared desire to seek God’s 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 susanfarrar@fuller.edu for more specific information about authorization in your state.

quote bubble

"The MA in Justice and Advocacy provides biblical foundation and indispensable formation for leaders and change agents that are seeking God’s shalom in their contexts; working with the Spirit to transform organizations, systems, and communities."
Dwight Radcliff, Academic Dean of the Pannell Center for Black Church Studies

Miyung Yoon Hammer

Curriculum

Most students can expect to complete the MJA degree in 2 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 placement component is required.

Johnny Ramirez-Johnson

Learn in a Supportive Cohort

MA in Justice and Advocacy students progress through the program with the same cohort of 8–12 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.

Fuller Studio bubble
Fuller studio logo

Numbers with Vince Bantu

Professor Vince Bantu introduces Numbers, reflecting on what it means for God’s people to journey with God through the wilderness between the Exodus and the Promised Land.

a city

Field Placement

In the MJA program’s Field Placement 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.

campus

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Almost all Fuller 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.

You May Also Be Interested In

MA in Theology and Ministry (MATM)

This program combines practical learning with biblical studies to prepare students to serve in a church, nonprofit, or other setting with theological and cultural competence.

MA in Global Leadership
(MAGL)

Experienced leaders strengthen and sharpen their ministry in context through this primarily online, cohort-based program.

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
(MAICS)

Applies insights from the study of mission to real-world ministry concerns, offering opportunities for deeper reflection to both seasoned and newer cross-cultural professionals.

Susan Farrer

Continue the Conversation

Do you have questions or would you like more information about Fuller’s academic programs?  We’re here to help!

Chat Now

Chat with an Admissions representative

Office Hours

Monday–Thursday
8 am – 5 pm (Pacific Time)

Friday
10 am – 5 pm (Pacific Time)