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B.A./M.A. in Social Justice 3+2 Program

Increasingly, our world needs people who are prepared to work strategically and collaboratively on society’s most pressing problems: poverty, violence, racism, and injustice.

In response to this need, Mount Union has partnered with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) to offer students an accelerated 3+2 Master of Arts in Social Justice. Students complete three years of full-time undergraduate study at Mount Union, where they explore theory and practice of diversity and social justice through traditional courses and experiential learning opportunities. Students complete their fourth undergraduate/first graduate year at MTSO, where they delve even further into study and practice and receive their M.A. after just one additional year of study. The MASJ prepares students for meaningful and important work in a world that needs talented individuals to lead organizations and communities in building more just and peaceful systems and societies.

Benefits of a 3+2 Program

  • Based on the accelerated format, students save a year’s worth of undergraduate tuition and living expenses and get a jump start on entering the workforce.
  • Both institutions focus on experiential learning, including internships, travel, and service opportunities for building professional networks.
  • Both institutions provide opportunities to network and connect with alumni in the field, including non-profit directors and other leaders in organizations advocating for justice in a variety of areas.

Admission Requirements for the 3+2 M.A. in Social Justice Program

Any student may apply for inclusion in the 3+2 program by contacting the Department of Justice, Diversity, and Interdisciplinary Humanities. Students participating in the 3+2 program will complete the minor in peacebuilding and social justice or the self-defined major in social justice and diversity studies. Students must also complete the Integrative Core requirements, math and foreign language proficiencies, and minor requirements before entrance to Methodist Theological School in Ohio. The following requirements must also be met:


  • Declaration of intent to pursue the 3+2 program prior to earning 60 semester hours.
  • Application to MTSO by February 1 of the student’s anticipated final year at Mount Union.
  • Achievement of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at Mount Union.
  • Submission of all MTSO application materials.


Admission to the 3+2 program does not guarantee acceptance to the M.A. in Social Justice at MTSO. A student who does not gain admission to MTSO through this Program will devote their fourth year to any remaining requirements for graduation from the University of Mount Union.