The Institute of Spirituality and Social Justice (ISSJ) was established in 2014 to advance the integration of knowledge, spirituality and social engagement. All of its offerings—intensive graduate degrees, comprehensive certificate programs and one-day programs, workshops and retreats—are designed to cultivate depth of thought, imagination and critical skills in a world challenged by violence, social inequity and environmental instability.
ISSJ programming, certificate programs and new master's degrees make accessible the practical tools of the Spiritual Exercises, the Jesuit focus on right-relationship and ethical action, dialogical tools that accompany community engagement and empowerment, and the kind of rigorous social analysis and reflection that fuels change toward the common good.
The Institute offers master’s degrees in Theology with three specializations:
Distinctive features of the Institute include experiential learning through spiritual formation, practicums/internships and the program capstone, Discernment and Integration. The Institute is rooted in a rich tradition of spiritual practices coupled with rigorous intellectual inquiry and social analysis that manifest the Jesuit commitment to work in the service of faith and the promotion of justice in a diverse and pluralistic world.