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M.A. Advocacy & Social Justice Program

This program prepares leaders to innovate the landscape of advocacy and justice work at the intersections of public policy, community mobilization, and social justice reform.

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33 Credits required for completion

Full Time, 3 semesters, Part Time 5

New Program: Introductory Tuition Rate for Spring 2018

M.A. Advocacy & Social Justice Degree Program

The M.A. Advocacy & Social Justice degree program offers students an in-depth exploration of the impact social justice reform has across a range of global cultures and institutions. It also provides a range of techniques for mobilizing communities in the pursuit of reform in the areas of civil liberties & individual rights, health care, environmental policy, immigration, labor, veteran’s rights, poverty, and more. The Advocacy & Social Justice Master’s program culminates in a hands-on project where students put theory into practice. Students not only observe, investigate and critically evaluate policies, practices, and emergent issues in their fieldwork, they create opportunities to implement change.


Advocacy & Social Justice Master’s Concentrations

Legal Studies

The M.A. Advocacy & Social Justice: Legal Studies Concentration provides students the ability to engage in advocacy and equity work with a strong legal studies lens. The Master’s in Advocacy & Social Justice program enhances students understanding at the intersection of legal and judicial systems and individuals, families, and communities from a legal perspective.

Culture and Communities

The M.A. Advocacy & Social Justice: Culture and Communities concentration provides students with the ability to explain the intricacies of cultural impacts on societal systems. It provides students with a variety of techniques to engage communities and delivers an in-depth exploration of race and identity, social inequity, and other global issues.


The M.A. Advocacy & Social Justice: Education Concentration is designed for in-depth exploration of educational policy and its impact on academic, community and family systems. Students explore social, political, and economic foundations of education, leadership in education, and techniques for implementing anti-bias curriculum in the education system.

Sample Advocacy & Social Justice Courses

Harnessing the Power of Technology and Social Media for Social Impact and Change

This course provides a comprehensive examination of various methods and techniques employed by media, modern technology, and social media engagement to impact social change movements. Students evaluate communication tools used to generate multi-media protocol for social impact and change. Students will analyze the characteristics and use of varied media modalities including, but not limited to social media, streaming media, music, and television to assess their collective impact on maintaining an existing system or organizing, mobilizing, and affecting change in a new system.

Advocacy in Action

We value an experiential education and place an emphasis on hands-on learning. This course serves as the fieldwork study for the M.A. Advocacy & Social Justice program. Evaluation and analysis of empowerment and advocacy theory serve as a tool for students to develop and implement their advocacy. The course operates from three key perspectives: advocate, research, and practice. Students implement and assess their own advocacy work in a domain to impact equity, fairness, justice, inclusion, and multiculturalism. This course lays the foundation for the students Social Impact and Participatory Action Research Masters Project. Each student is required to engage in 45 hours of service at an approved fieldwork/internship site during the semester. Students will observe, investigate and critically evaluate policies, practices, and emergent issues from their fieldwork/internship.

Admission Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal Statement