Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

MA in Contemporary Spirituality at Cuneo Mansion

Loyola's Institute of Pastoral Studies offers a Master of Arts in Contemporary Spirituality at Cuneo Mansion & Gardens in Vernon Hills, Illinois. The program provides the requisite spiritual, theological, biblical, and psychological resources for general Christian ministry. Courses offered in this program may also apply to other degree plans.


Fall Semester 2015
Spiritual Paths in World Religions (IPS 403-001)
Foundations of Christian Spirituality (IPS 545-002)
Spirituality of Marriage and Family (IPS 599-009)
Spring Semester 2016
Theological Foundations (IPS 531—Christian Doctrine)
Spirituality Elective (to be determined)
Fall Semester 2016
Psychological Foundations (IPS 555—Human Person and Psychological Development
Biblical Foundations (IPS 416—Christian Origins: The New Testament)
Spring Semester 2017
Christian Moral Theology and Ethics (IPS 553)
Spirituality Elective (to be determined)
Fall Semester 2017
Spiritual Paths in World Religions (IPS 403)
Spirituality Elective*
One credit hour Guided Study in Spiritual Practice
Spring Semester 2018
Two credit hour Integration Project**
Spirituality Elective*

*Electives (up to 17 credit hours)

  • Church and Mission
  • Prayer
  • Ignatian Spirituality I: Hearts on Fire—Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality
  • Ignatian Spirituality II: Discernment, Ignatian Prayer, and Social Justice
  • Spirituality of Marriage and Family
  • Liturgy and the Christian Sacraments
  • Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton
  • Nurturing the Healing Emotions
  • Male and Female Spirituality
  • Diversity and Equity
  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Theology of the Developing Person

**Integration Project

Arrangement for the Integration Project in the final year of study in the Contemporary Spirituality M.A. degree will be made with the Director of the Master of Arts in Spirituality degree. The project is typically a 25–30 page paper. There are optional designs for this Final Integrative Project fitting with the curriculum requirements of the degree.

Course schedule at Cuneo Mansion & Gardens

Courses are held Monday and Tuesday evenings during the fall and spring semesters over a period of three years. While the entire program can be completed at Loyola at the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, students have the choice of taking courses at The Water Tower Campus or online, as well. Other courses, including some electives, may be taken over the summer in Rome program.

Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit Options

The required Core and Elective courses for Contemporary Spirituality can be transferred to the Spiritual Direction Program in the event that a person discovers a call to the ministry of spiritual direction. Finally, all of the Core and Elective courses can be applied to the 72 credit hour Master of Divinity (MDiv) program at the Institute of Pastoral Studies.

Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about the program, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Enrollment Advisor Kristin Butnik at kbutnik@luc.edu or find an information session that fits your schedule on our Events Calendar.