Social Justice and Social Enterprise Certificate

About the Social Justice and Social Enterprise Certificate at Loyola

A strong understanding of social justice—and issues of inequality and fairness in society, including issues related to power, privilege, and discrimination—is integral to any profession that deals with social issues, services, or programs. If you're interested in combating racial, economic, or gender disparities in a current or future role, Loyola's Social Justice and Social Enterprise Certificate develops the skills you need to help individuals and communities work towards creating a more equitable and just world.

The certificate curriculum combines social justice and business principles to provide you with the theoretical and practical foundation you need to advance social justice work. Our program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree or are currently enrolled in graduate programs and want to deepen their understanding of social justice issues.

Program Structure

The social justice and social enterprise certificate program can be pursued full-time or part-time. Classes are held on weekday evenings at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago, and the majority of the courses are also offered online.

If coursework is planned strategically and only online classes are chosen, this certificate may be completed entirely online. However, this may result in the certificate taking more time to complete based on available online course rotation.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Social Enterprise Certificate?

The graduate certificate in social justice and social enterprise offers a solid foundation in social justice principles and equitable, innovative business practices. You'll learn how to challenge systemic inequalities, create social value using business methods, lead with integrity, and measure the social impact of policies and actions.

A foundation for a career—or further graduate study

Designed for students who already hold an undergraduate degree, this certificate program offers specialized coursework that can help you secure new opportunities in social justice that do not require a full graduate degree. Or, if you want to pursue a graduate degree once you begin the program, you can apply your courses to the MA in Social Justice (must apply within 8 years of graduation).

Whether you already work in a social organization or leadership role or want to make a career change, the graduate certificate in social enterprise prepares you to serve in new ways. With a stronger understanding of social justice challenges, equitable practices, and diversity, you'll be empowered to create change and serve as a more effective advocate.

The Social Justice and Social Enterprise Certificate program draws upon Loyola's values of integrity, service, justice, and faith-based leadership. Housed within the Institute of Pastoral Studies, this certificate program will help you examine your own values while developing ethical judgment and theological reflection.

Loyola is located in the heart of Chicago, a hub of professional development and social justice internship and work opportunities.

Gain diverse perspectives on social justice issues in the classroom. In the Social Justice and Social Enterprise Certificate program, you'll learn from multicultural faculty and peers with a wide range of life experiences, professional goals, and backgrounds.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the Institute of Pastoral Studies faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Social Justice and Social Enterprise Certificate program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Social Justice and Social Enterprise Certificate program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Social Justice and Social Enterprise Certificate learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Social Justice and Social Enterprise Certificate totals $12750.00, or 15 credit hours at a cost of $850.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on the Institute of Pastoral Studies Financial Aid page.

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Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Social Justice and Social Enterprise Certificate are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall, Spring, & Summer
Rolling admission

Recommended Deadlines
Fall: July 15
Spring: December 10
Summer: April 15

Final admission is 10 days before the start of classes
Students should also consider QSB academic calendar and quarter system

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Social Justice and Social Enterprise Certificate include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Please submit a 1,500-word essay describing your personal, educational, professional, and ministerial background and how these have prepared you for the specific MA or Certificate program for which you have applied. In your essay, also address the following:

  • Prior undergraduate or graduate study in theology or philosophy, if any

  • The ways in which your professional life and any volunteer service have emphasized spiritually, community and social justice

  • A theological book(s) that has helped to shape your understanding of your proposed vocation and course of study

  • Your vision of ministry, your strengths relative to this vocation, significant influences on your faith life (including minsterial mentors or role models), and the professional context in which you see yourself working upon completion of your program

  • Why you are choosing to pursue this degree at Loyola's IPS

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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Whether you plan to work in politics, nonprofit organizations, or faith-based settings, those you serve will need leaders with a strong understanding of social justice issues and how to promote equality in everything they do. This certificate introduces you to these concepts, preparing you for leadership in social advocacy, community and labor organizing, and systemic social change.

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