United Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Eco-Justice

Accepting students for enrollment starting Fall 2022

The MA in Eco-Justice program will provide you with focused academic training in theological and ethical disciplines with a focus on environmental ethics, ecological justice, and eco-theology. Graduates of this program can pursue doctorates in theological ethics with a focus on environmental and ecological issues.

This program may be a good fit for you if you are interested in pursuing a career as:

  • A scholar or professor in a seminary, divinity school, or college
  • An ethics teacher in a private school, church, or religious community
  • A “public theologian” whose primary audience is society or the wider culture

With additional coursework or training (for example, a dual degree MAL-MA or MDiv-MA), graduates of this program can become leaders of environmental programs, progressive ecological justice think tanks, and other ministries and organizations that involve both environmental social justice and a broader ecological justice for all living things. This program can also be a second degree for MDiv students and graduates who desire to make eco-justice a central component of their church ministry. See the Reduced-Credit Dual Degree page for information on pursuing a reduced-credit MA as a second degree at United.

 

CONCENTRATION LEARNING OUTCOMES

In addition to achieving the core MA degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the MA in Eco-Justice program will be able to:

  • Articulate a stance on a chosen ecological justice issue that effectively incorporates appropriate scientific and economic perspectives, multiple religious and/or ethical frameworks, and the student’s own spiritual experience.
  • Articulate a theological or religious perspective that describes the theological and spiritual basis of ecological justice, engages current scholarship in eco-theology and eco-spirituality, demonstrates an informed understanding of the science of ecology, and addresses climate change and other crises of the Anthropocene.
  • Articulate and analyze effective strategies to address a specific eco-justice issue that demonstrates an informed understanding of appropriate theory and practices.

 

United’s MA at a Glance

  • 36 credits
  • Eleven 3-credit courses plus a 3-credit thesis, or ten 3-credit courses plus a 6-credit thesis
  • Can be completed in two years if you take a full-time course load (24 credits per year) and complete your thesis in approximately one trimester
  • All MA concentrations can be completed entirely via distance learning

Program Guide Sheet

LEARNING OUTCOME
NUMBER OF COURSES COURSES
Religious Texts 2
Two 1000-level Religious Texts courses
Theological Tradition 2
Religious and Theological Interpretation
Choose one:
History of Christian Theologies
History of Modern Theologies
Theology for Social Transformation
Ethics/Justice 2
Choose one:
Christian Ethics
Comparative Religious Ethics
Choose one:
Queer and Trans Theologies
Black and Womanist Theologies
CORE SUBTOTAL
6
Academic Contextualization 5 Eco-Theologies and Eco-Spiritualities
Eco-Justice and Ethics
Applied Issues in Eco-Justice
Two electives
Academic Skills 1 MA Thesis
CONCENTRATION SUBTOTAL
5
DEGREE TOTAL
12

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