These are the requirements for students who matriculated during the 2021-2022 school year. Degree requirements for previous years can be found at the bottom of the Master's Student Handbook main page. Students can track their own individual degree progress through the degree audit on my.iliff and by consulting their advisors.
At least 80 quarter credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or better (or 40 quarter credits and an MDiv degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution) are required for the Master of Arts in Social Justice & Ethics (SJE) degree. These include:
- 32 credits from required Iliff curriculum
- 16 credits from required Social Justice & Ethics Core curriculum
- 18 credits in Personal and Professional Formation (PPF) and Masters Recital
- At least 14 credits from other courses
All requirements for the degree must be completed within seven calendar years from the date of the first course taken in the program. All required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students must meet the requirements as specified in the Catalog and the Master‘s Student Handbook (of their year of matriculation) to graduate.
First Year Interdisciplinary Course (4 credits): This course is team-taught and will introduce students to terminology, reading of primary texts and how to write academic papers as well as expose them to the complexity and significance of theological reflection. The course must be taken within the student's first 40 credit hours.
Core Courses (28 credits):
Comparative Religious Traditions (CR), 4 credits - one required course:
IST 2131 Peace, Religion, and Violence
Bible/Contextual Analysis (BI), 4 credits - one required course:
IST XXXX Justice and Sacred Texts
Social Ethics/Contextual Analysis (SE), 8 credits - two required courses:
IST 2005 Ethical Analysis & Advocacy
IST XXXX Methods/Technologies/Strategies/Markets in Justice
Historical Development & Expressions of Religious Traditions (HI), 4 credits - one required course:
IST XXXX There is a River: A History of Justice
Constructive/Systematic Theology (CT), 4 credits - one required course:
IST XXXX Dismantling Justice
Theology & Religious Practices (PR), 4 credits - one required course:
IST XXXX Justice and Spiritual Care
SJE Seminars (8 credits). Check with your advisor for current offerings.
SJE Praxis (8 credits). Check with your advisor for current offerings.
Personal and Professional Formation (18 credits)―Required courses:
IST 1100, 1101, 1102 - Identity, Power, and Vocation in Community (6 credits)
IST 4000, 4001, 4002 - Internship Seminar (12 credits)
Masters Recital: A 30-60 minute assessment of Iliff's curriculum to be completed online during the Spring term of the final year.
As part of Iliff's accreditation requirements, the institution must collect data to demonstrate that what it sets out to teach students at the beginning of the program has some relationship to what students know and are able to do at the end. Iliff uses this data to refine how and what the school teaches and to improve the Iliff educational experience for students to come.
Other courses (14 credits)