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Degree Programs

Three of the IPS Master of Arts programs may be completed fully online: Health Care Mission Leadership, Pastoral Studies, and Spirituality. Prospective students interested in any of these degrees should see the IPS Admission Page.

For descriptions and more information about course offerings, visit our Course Catalog.


Degree: MA in Health Care Mission Leadership
The M.A. in Health Care Mission Leadership offers professional preparation for those in senior leadership positions in a health care environment who are charged with developing, enhancing, cultivating, and protecting the identity and mission of their organizations. The program incorporates teachings from ministry, health care, and bioethics to offer a degree that is both well rounded and pertinent to the work being done in Catholic hospitals throughout the world.

Degree: MA in Pastoral Studies
The M.A. in Pastoral Studies, offered by Loyola's Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS), is designed to provide a solid first-degree experience in education for ministry. Students may complete all or part of the 36-hour degree program through online courses. The structured online curriculum 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.

Degree: MA in Spirituality
The M.A. in Spirituality, offered by Loyola's Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS), offers concentrations in Spiritual Direction and Contemporary Spirituality. Students may complete all or part of the 36-hour degree program through online courses. The structured online curriculum emphasizes five areas of study: foundations of spirituality, biblical foundations, theological foundations, psychological foundations, and practical field experience. For more information on this degree, click here

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