Master of Arts in Social Transformation (M.A.S.T) (Stackable)
The Master of Arts in Social Transformation recognizes the complex reality of religion and the problems it may pose for our world. Not all leaders called to serve the people of God will characterize themselves as religious or spiritual. In most cases, you are a “none,” that is, one who does not identify in any particular religious tradition. However, the continuing influence of religion, and the complexity and resilience of theological imaginations sparks your intellectual curiosity. The MAST degree innovates through cohort experiences of deep pluralism in theological and racial diversity. Similar to innovative leadership labs, the MAST offers a unique opportunity to engage in reflective and creative conversation across barriers of social difference that will help in sharpening your own responses for justice and social transformation.
The social and religious complexities of today’s globalized world demand careful and sustained analysis for transformation geared toward the common good. Effective strategies for social change will need to rely on an interdisciplinary approach that integrates critical thinking and research with innovative methods for community organizing.
Each M.A.S.T. student works closely with a faculty advisor and a social innovation field work supervisor to devise a course of study leading to an applied project in social transformation. The program prepares students for a wide range of vocational paths, whether in social justice advocacy, non-profit organizational leadership, community organizing and education, or congregational development, including advanced doctoral work in the study of religion.
At the end of your first year of study in the program, you will be awarded a Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (C.S.S.C). In the first year, the focus of the foundational courses for the C.S.S.C provides a cohort experience in the foundational and required courses, while emphasizing ongoing personal change and social transformation. The second year’s courses are oriented towards theological and practical formation, equipping students to think critically about socio-political dynamics to reflect constructively on the role played by religion and theological traditions in movements for social change. And the end of this year, you will be awarded the M.A.S.T degree.