Master of Arts in Theology (Justice & Public Life) - Princeton Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Theology (Justice and Public Life)

Better understand social justice concerns and their impact on society, and prepare to apply theological concepts to affect positive change. Designed for working professionals in business, education, government, and beyond, the Master of Arts in Theology (Justice and Public Life) is an online, 24-month degree program for working professionals that invites you to contribute your diverse perspectives, experiences, and faith convictions to the complex and vital task of social witness to the gospel. This master’s program prepares graduates to critically engage the Bible, history, theology, and practical to make a meaningful difference in their work and address the most challenging issues in society.

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At a Glance

Application Deadline

January 15 – Final deadline – merit scholarship applicants, international applicants

April 15 – Final deadline – US citizens and residents


24 Months

Online accelerated degree program for working adults

Is the MAT (Justice and Public Life) Program for Me?

Do you:

  • Want to connect your faith with your work in meaningful ways?
  • Desire to engage in dynamic conversations, reflection, and pivotal action about justice and public life?
  • Want to earn a graduate degree in only 24 months and in an online program that fits your personal and professional schedule?

Designed for working professionals who want to influence social change, the MAT (Justice and Public Life) degree program helps you make meaningful connections between your work and your faith. Through hybrid courses and group discussions, learn to apply theological, historical, and biblical resources to your profession and lead the way to a more equitable future.

What You’ll Study

In courses that weave together concepts of theology with themes of social justice, examine real-world issues through a theological lens. Explore classes focused on everything from race and belonging to proclamation and trauma. If you have experience in theological studies, you may be able to transfer three course credits into the program. If not, take our foundation course, Ecology of Theological Education.

What You’ll Do

In coursework, prepare to engage and lead in social justice and public witness in ways that are personally and vocationally sustainable; biblically, historically, and theologically informed; and marked by ecumenical Christian commitments. Develop your leadership skills in community building, conflict management, and communication strategies, and integrate a theological and biblical perspective into your professional life.

MAT (Justice and Public Life) Program Details

The MAT (Justice and Public Life) is a 24-month accelerated program for working professionals. Coursework is online. And you will come to campus once each January term for five days.

Online courses take a blended modality approach. You will:

  • Engage in class discussions facilitated by instructors and teaching assistants.
  • Participate in flexible activities based on each course design.
  • Watch recorded lectures and interviews.
  • Take part in online class discussions.

The MAT is an online accelerated degree program that includes two weeks of residency on campus and requires the completion of 36 credits:

  • Ecology of Theological Education (3 credits) for students without prior theological training OR Transfer Credits (3 credits) for students with prior theological education
  • Living and Learning Theologically (1 credit)
  • MAT Portfolio (2 credits) over 2 years, including .5 credit per semester
  • 10 courses focused on Theology, Justice, and Public Life (30 credits)

Sample Courses

  • Race, Ethnicity, and the New Testament
  • African American Political Theologies
  • Race and Belonging in Biblical and Theological Perspective
  • Proclamation and Trauma


Summer Term

  • Ecology of Theological Education with Reflection (3 credits) OR
  • Transfer Credits for those with a theological education foundation (3 credits)
  • Living and Learning Theologically (1)

Fall Term

  • 2 Online Courses that address Theology, Justice, Public Life (6 credits)
  • Race, Ethnicity, and the New Testament (3 credits)
  • African American Political Theology (3 credits)
  • MAT Portfolio (.5 credits)

January Term

  • One-week in-person course that addresses Theology, Justice, Public Life (3 credits)

Spring Term

  • 2 Online Courses that address Theology, Justice, Public Life (6 credits)
  • Proclamation and Trauma (3 credits)
  • MAT Portfolio (.5 credits)


Fall Term

  • 2 Online Courses that address Theology, Justice, Public Life (6 credits)
  • MAT Portfolio (.5 credits)

January Term

  • One-week in-person course that addresses Theology, Justice, Public Life (3 credits)

Spring Term

  • 2 Online Courses that address Theology, Justice, Public Life (6 credits)
  • MAT Portfolio (.5 credits)

To qualify for admission, you need to have:

  • An undergraduate degree (typically a BA or BS) from a school accredited by one of the accrediting agencies recognized by our faculty

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A completed admissions application
  • Unofficial transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended
  • Three letters of recommendation: one pastoral endorsement, one academic, and one additional
  • Academic writing sample
  • Application fee of $50

Note: If you have been away from formal academic studies and/or are unable to secure an academic reference, you are advised to ask someone who can speak to your academic abilities. In these cases, you can ask a supervisor or colleague for this reference who can speak to your academic abilities and attest to your ability to enter a rigorous graduate program. Please do not submit more than three references. The same person cannot write more than one recommendation. Recommendations cannot come from family members. Please review the application instructions for further details.

The cost for the MAT degree program is $595 per credit hour. Tuition rates in 2025-2026 are subject to change. For more information, please contact Student Financial Services at [email protected]. Applications must be filed by April 15 for the following academic year.

Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Theology (Justice and Public Life) degree program taking at least 4.5 credits in a semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer) are eligible for Federal Direct Loans to assist in defraying the cost of their tuition. Contact Student Financial Services at [email protected] for more information.

Discover the MAT Program

Outcomes with a Master of Arts in Theology Degree

The MAT (Justice and Public Life) can help you strengthen your witness in the public sphere. Whether you’re looking to shift direction toward a pastoral path or continue in the profession you’re in, the program equips you to address injustices with conviction, compassion, and theological depth.

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Princeton Theological Seminary, you have a winner here. This is a program that’s innovative, it’s insightful, it’s well-designed for its delivery across the platform, for hybrid learning, for working professionals.

Tonya Miles

MAT Student

Featured Faculty

Keri Day
This hybrid program has taught me that theological education must be more flexible and accessible. It’s not just about the Seminary moving into the world to serve the world, but it’s about about how the students who are coming to our campus are fundamentally transforming us.

Keri L. Day
Elmer G. Homrighausen Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religion

Next Steps

Make a difference through your faith. Request information about the Master of Arts in Theology (Justice and Public Life), take a virtual tour, or apply today.