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Online M.A. Advocacy & Social Justice Program

Location: Online

This online master’s degree program prepares leaders to innovate the landscape of advocacy and justice work at the intersection of public policy, community mobilization, and social justice reform.

33 Credits required for completion
Full time or part time
100% online program

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M.A. Advocacy and Social Justice Degree Program Online

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


Sample Online Advocacy and Social Justice Courses

Social Influence: Justice Through Public Figures and Social Texts

This exploration course is designed to observe leadership through the social lens of celebrity figures, social, and political figures with how present-day platforms are used. This course also assesses propaganda through the use of social media texts, publicized protests, film, use of mainstream media display, and voice of leadership through social influence and its implications.

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

This course analyzes the methods and techniques employed by media, modern technology, and social network site (SNS) engagement to impact social change movements. Students evaluate communication tools used to fight injustice and maintain oppressive systems to generate multimedia protocols for social impact and change. Students will examine the characteristics and utilization of various media modalities including, but not limited to, SNS, streaming media, music, and television to assess their collective impact on organizing, mobilizing, and effecting change or maintaining an existing system

Research and Innovation Standards: Community and Social Impact

Research and Innovation Standards is a research-based course that incapsulates social texts, emergent curriculum, and community-based practices. Featuring a social action research project, the course serves as a program summation through the lens of centralizing a student’s learning experience toward progressive and innovative social transformation and impact in a given field of their choice, relevant to diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.

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