Work for social and ecological justice.

With a Xavier University Masters Degree through the Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice (ISSJ), students receive a strong grounding in biblical studies, history of Christianity, ethics, and systematics. Electives allow for students to craft a unique degree path as they choose from a variety of courses in social justice, spirituality, pastoral ministry, and world religions.

NEW Synchronous Online Graduate Student Option 

The ISSJ is excited to announce a new Synchronous Online Graduate student option - students enrolled in this format option will have the ability to attend all of their theology graduate classes synchonously online. Meaning their classes will be scheduled at a specific time but that they will be able to attend using a computer and a web-conferencing program (such as Zoom) and will be considered a fully online student to allow anyone across the nation to become a Xavier Theology graduate student, without the requirement of coming to campus.  

Benefits of Xavier

Students learn to use the Jesuit techniques of reflection and discernment to help understand their unique gifts and passions.

Class sizes are small and are held at a variety of times, accommodating full-time or part-time working students.


Our graduates gain the historical awareness, critical thinking skills, and professional resources necessary to enter or advance in a variety of career options or to promote their personal spiritual development. Careers supported:

  • Religious education
  • Pastoral ministry
  • Campus and youth ministry
  • Social justice
  • Environmental justice
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Health care
  • Doctoral work


45% tuition reduction for Catholic school teachers, those working in social-impact and religious ministries, non-profit workers and volunteers. Merit and need-based scholarships also may be available for tuition assistance.


M.A. Program Details

Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice

Come Join Us

"If you want to explore life's meaning; if you want to be challenged and inspired to change a world wounded by inequality, hatred, and ecological degradation; if you want to grow spiritually by drawing on the riches of the Christian tradition in open dialogue with others, come join us."

-William Madges, Ph.D., Theology Department Chair