Program Overview

Loyola University Chicago offers a M.A. in Pastoral Studies for individuals interested in pursuing an education in ministry. This program is ideal for individuals wanting to further their skills within the field. This degree in Pastoral Studies offers a rewarding experience to all enrolled students. Students will acquire knowledge of theory and gain spiritual maturity.

The M.A. in Pastoral Studies degree consists of 36 credit hours that can be completed by following a core curriculum or an individualized curriculum. Students who study under an individual curriculum may chose from three program concentrations. These concentrations include Healthcare, Religious Education, and Youth Ministry. Students who pursue the general Pastoral Studies degree program will take courses in subjects such as theology and ministry, church and its mission, literature of ancient Israel, Christian origins, Christian doctrine and its history, liturgy and the Christian sacraments, Christian moral theology and ethics, and human person and psychological development.

The online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students. Prospective students should have basic computer skills in order to complete the program. Enrollment takes place during the Fall, Spring, and Summer. Individuals may enroll as full-time or part-time students.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The M.A. in Pastoral Studies degree program is accredited through North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

    School Overview

    Loyola University Chicago is a two-year public school located in Chicago, Illinois. LUC was founded in 1870 by the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus as St. Ignatius College. Today, the school is the largest Jesuit University in the United States and is one of the 28 members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The institution is associated with the Roman Catholic Church in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Although the school is primarily Roman Catholic, LUC encourages each person to celebrate their personal faith and to respect and learn from other people of faith within our Loyola community.

    Loyola University Chicago offers associate's, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, certificates of completion at the graduate level, and doctorate degrees. LUC is home to the following schools and colleges:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • Arrupe College
    • Quinlan School of Business
    • School of Communication
    • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
    • School of Education
    • The Graduate School
    • School of Law
    • Stritch School of Medicine
    • Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
    • School of Social Work

    Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. Online degrees are offered at all levels from most schools.


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