Program Overview

Loyola University Chicago offers a M.A. in Religious Education degree for individuals interested in educating others in religion. This program is ideal for individuals who wish to develop their thinking, acting, and the way they teach in today’s diverse church system. Students will learn how to use the principles of faith in order to solve problems or complex situations. The M.A. degree provides a rewarding curriculum and experience for students who are enrolled. Graduates will be equipped with necessary and effective teaching skills for this field.  

The M.A. in Religious Education Degree Program is a specialized concentration under the Pastoral Studies degree program. Students enrolled will take courses focusing on topics such as theology, ministry, church and its mission, origins of Christianity, history of Christianity, Christian sacraments, and many other related courses. Students will also take courses to further prepare them as educators of religion.

The online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students. Students interested in this program should have basic computer skills. Enrollment takes place during the Fall, Spring, and Summer. Individuals may enroll as full-time or part-time students. A GRE is not required for admission into the program and there is no minimum GPA requirement.

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    Program Details

    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 Religious Education 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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