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Institute of Pastoral Studies

Master of Arts in Social Justice and Community Development


The MA in Social Justice and Community Development degree is an ecumenical and interfaith program that engages students through a values-based perspective that provides:

The degree is designed for those aspiring to affect social transformation in local communities as well as to those committed to restoring economic equity, social justice, or ecological health on a national or global scale.

The MA in Social Justice and Community Development is offered in partnership with the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE).  SCUPE was established in 1976 to address the need for urban pastors to become more effective agents of social change.  Using experiential education, SCUPE programs are designed specifically for seminary students, grassroots community leaders and pastors. The partnership between IPS and SCUPE gives the MASJCD an ecumenical, multi-cultural and community-based foundation.  For more information on SCUPE, click here.

Students at SCUPE seminaries also have the option (pending approval of their home seminary) to complete a joint MDiv/MASJCD through their home seminary and the Institute of Pastoral Studies. SCUPE member seminaries include: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Christian Theological Seminary, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Luther Seminary, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Payne Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and Western Theological Seminary. We have a current partnership in process with Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Other partnerships can be negotiated through the home seminary, SCUPE and the Institute of Pastoral Studies, pending the approval of all parties.

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