Program Details

Low residency M.A. in Applied Social Justice with track options in Christian Community Development or Social Entrepreneurship.
Jefferson City, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Organizational Psychology

Program Overview

Program Description:
Masters of Arts in Applied Social Justice A two-year, low residency graduate program for individuals called to serve others through churches, faith-based community organizations, and other social enterprises that address root causes of poverty and related ills, and that empower people to help themselves. Students complete a core curriculum and select one of two tracks, Christian Community Development or Social Entrepreneurship. MASTERS OF ARTS IN APPLIED SOCIAL JUSTICE / CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRACK In collaboration with the Christian Community Development Association, the Christian Community Development (CCD) track will seek to “inspire, train, and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities.” The Masters of Arts in Applied Social Justice/CCD Track will prepare graduates to assume leadership and support roles in faith-based organizations and projects designed to solve problems of social injustice by applying the eight components of Christian Community Development that include Relocation (living among the people), Reconciliation, Just Distribution of Resources, Leadership Development, Listening to the Community, Church-based, Holistic Approach, and Empowerment. MASTERS OF ARTS IN APPLIED SOCIAL JUSTICE / SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK According to the Ashoka Foundation, “Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change. Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.” The Masters of Arts in Applied Social Justice/SE Track will prepare graduates with interests in missions and business to apply principles of social change and sound business practices to start and build innovative organizations designed to solve problems of social injustice by addressing root causes in ways that can be sustained and replicated in other places. IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ACCREDITATION: Carson-Newman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. We are currently seeking accreditation to offer the Masters of Arts in Applied Social Justice, a new program, and hope to achieve accreditation in the near future. Approval by SACS is pending.

Additional Program Information

Carson-Newman is an institution of higher education accredited to award bachelor and masters degrees in a diverse array of disciplines. The Masters in Applied Social Justice is currently under review for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools.
Applicants must meet the common admission requirements for graduate work at Carson-Newman, complete the program application and a personal statement of experience and goals plus an interview, and pass an FBI screening. More information at

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