Social Justice Certificate

About the Social Justice Graduate Certificate at Loyola

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. Loyola University Chicago's Social Justice Certificate introduces you to these concepts, preparing you for leadership in social advocacy, community and labor organizing, and systemic social change.

Program Structure

The fully online Social Justice Certificate is a 15-credit-hour program that can be pursued full time or part time.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Social Justice Certificate?

Loyola University Chicago has a longstanding history of promoting social justice and change. From our Jesuit tradition to our interdisciplinary approach to social justice education, you will benefit from a reputable, well-rounded graduate certificate program.

A highly respected institution

Attend a university rooted in Jesuit tradition that has a reputation for excellence and social justice advocacy. Both the university and Institute for Pastoral Studies are widely recognized for their ability to develop students academically, personally, and spiritually.

Choose the master's-level social justice courses that align with your interests and professional goals. Loyola's social justice courses online include Social Context of Ministry, Community Organizing and Community Development, Leadership in Social Justice Organizations, and more.

Balance your coursework with your professional and personal commitments. Earn your graduate certificate in social justice completely online, from anywhere in the world.

Take coursework that enhances your understanding of social justice. Our program is designed for students who already hold an undergraduate degree, helping you enhance your professional practice or secure roles that do not require a full graduate degree. If you're interested in pursuing a master's in social justice after completing your certificate, credits from the certificate program can be applied to the MA.

Gain a well-rounded understanding of social justice by taking courses that draw on theology, political science, sociology, and other disciplines.

Get diverse perspectives on social justice issues from faculty and fellow graduate students with a wide range of life experiences, backgrounds, and research interests.

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 Certificate program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Social Justice 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 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

ProgramCredit HoursCost Per Credit HourEstimated Tuition and Fees
Social Justice Certificate15$820.00$12300.00
Social Justice Online Certificate15$820.00$12300.00

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.

Institute of Pastoral Studies Financial Aid & Scholarships

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

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Application Process

This program has multiple versions you can apply to. Find specific information about the application process for each program below.

Social Justice Certificate

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Social Justice Certificate are listed below. We encourage you to apply early for priority review. Please note that decisions may take longer during busy periods.

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

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Social Justice Certificate include:

  • Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Statement of Purpose

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Social Justice Online Certificate are listed below. We encourage you to apply early for priority review. Please note that decisions may take longer during busy periods.

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

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Social Justice Online Certificate include:

  • 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

International Student Requirements

Additional information regarding the application process for international students can be found on the International Student Requirements page.

Additional Details

For general information and a step-by-step guide to applying for graduate and professional study, please visit our Admission Process page. There is no fee to apply to graduate programs at Loyola.

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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. This certificate develops the skills you need to help individuals and communities work towards creating a more equitable and just world.

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