Applied Pastoral Leadership Certificate

This certificate is designed specifically for degree-seeking students, who have an interest in expanding their understanding of ethics and social justice. You will develop advanced skills in public speaking, leadership principles, social justice foundations, and organizational development.

Please Note: This certificate can only be completed by students working toward an undergraduate degree within the School of Continuing & Professional Studies.

Total Number of Courses 6
Total Number of Credit Hours 18 credit hours
Recommended Start Term
and Time to Completion
Students can begin during any of the 5 sessions throughout the academic year.
Schedule Format Courses offered in the evenings within 8 week sessions 
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Certificate 2 courses / 6 credit hours
Course Locations Blended courses offered on the Water Tower Campus (820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago). This certificate can also be completed fully online.
Master's Program Students completing this certificate will complete 3 classes counting toward an M.A. with the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola.
Application and Admission Requirements Application to SCPS Degree Program
Official transcripts from all prior institutions
2.0 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions
Tuition and Fees $655/credit hour for the AY 17/18
$670/credit hour for the AY 18/19

Certificate Requirements

Choose a Practice Track:
Social Justice*:
IPS 610 Social Justice Foundations
IPS 620 Diversity and Equity
IPS 660 Leadership in Social Justice Orgntzns

Pastoral Studies**:
IPS 416 Christian Origins: New Testament
IPS 417 Literature of Ancient Israel
IPS 402 The Church and Its Mission

Communication & Leadership Skills, Choose Two:
COMM 231 Communication & Conflict Management
COMM 277 Organizational Communication
COMM 237 Small Group Communication
CPST 360 Development and Change in Organizations
CPST 370 Leadership Theories and Organizations
CPST 380 Leadership Culture and Ethics
CPST 390 Organizational Theory and Practice

*These courses will count toward an M.A in Social Justice at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago.

**These courses will count toward an M.A in Pastoral Studies at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago.

Course Descriptions

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