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Institute of Pastoral Studies


MA in Spirituality/Spiritual Direction (36 hrs.)

MASp Curriculum

The M.A. program in spirituality (MASp) offers a choice of two 36-credit hour Concentrations (Spiritual Direction and Contemporary Spirituality) and an 18-credit hour Graduate Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction.

The M.A. Spiritual Direction Concentration offers two programs: the Spiritual Accompaniment (SA) program the Ignatian Exercises Program (IEP).  Both programs are offered as Graduate Certificates, as well.  Note: neither Spiritual Direction program (SA or IEP) is offered online.

The M.A. Contemporary Spirituality Concentration can be done either at the Water Tower Campus of Loyola University Chicago, at Loyola’s Academic Center at the Cuneo Mansion & Gardens in Vernon Hills, IL., or completely online.

By completing the Master of Arts in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction or Contemporary Spirituality) or the Graduate Certificate program, students will be able to demonstrate:


Master of Arts in Spirituality (MASp / 36 hours)

Core Courses (for all Spiritual Direction and Contemporary Spirituality M.A. degrees): 4 3-hour courses (12 credit hours)           ▲   =  online availability

Note: the semester rotation indicated in the parentheses above is the “on campus” course rotation.  Click here for the IPS Core Course Rotation Schedule of the Core Courses listed above.


MA Spiritual Direction Concentration / Spiritual Accompaniment

Note: The curriculum below is for the M.A. in Spiritual Accompaniment (SA) program.  The Ignatian Exercises Program (IEP) has its own M.A. and Graduate Certificate curriculums.  Click on above for the IEP.  Neither the SA or the IEP currently are offered online.

5 3-hour required courses * (added to 4 Core Courses above) / 9 hours of electives / plus 4 semesters of non-credit personal spiritual direction

MA Contemporary Spirituality Concentration

5 required courses * (added to 4 Core Courses above) / 12 credit hours of electives (15 for online students) / and an Integration Project

Note: The 4 Core Courses (above) and all of the Contemporary Spirituality courses below are offered online, with the exception of IPS 428.  Online students, thus, choose an additional elective in place of IPS 428.

Note: the semester rotation indicated in the parentheses above is the “on campus” course rotation.  Click here for the IPS Core Course Rotation Schedule for the Contemporary Spirituality Courses listed above.


Graduate Certificates in Spiritual Direction

IPS offers two 6-course, 18 credit hour Graduate Certificate programs in Spiritual Direction suited to applicants with a Masters degree or above in theological or ministerial studies,  psychology or counseling, psychiatric social work, or health care. The Certificate is offered under the rubrics of both the Spiritual Accompaniment (SA) program in ongoing spiritual direction and the specialization in Ignatian spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises, the Ignatian Exercises Program (IEP).

Click here for more information about both Graduate Certificate offerings at IPS.


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