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Institute of Pastoral Studies

MA in Pastoral Studies - Online Curriculum

Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS) offers courses leading toward the M.A. in Pastoral Studies via online distance-learning. Students can take all or part of the 36-hour master's degree program through online courses.

Founded in 1964, IPS is one of the first and most prestigious education-for-ministry programs in the nation. It is one of the few university-based programs that offers an online curriculum identical to its on-campus courses. Students are able to take as many as three courses online each semester. The courses are also available for non-degree seeking student. While students can complete the entire degree completely online, students always have the option of also taking courses in Chicago, if they so choose.  These on-campus courses are offered daytime and evenings during the week, on weekends, and through intensive courses during the summer.

The structured online curriculum, designed to provide a solid first-degree experience in education for ministry, includes courses in scripture, pastoral theology, and ministerial skills, with possible concentrations in Healthcare Ministries, Religious Education, and Youth Ministry.  For more information on any of these concentrations, click here.  Required courses for the Masters in Pastoral Studies degree include:


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