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Loyola Institute for Ministry launches online master's programs

September 18, 2009

In January 2010, the Loyola Institute for Ministry will officially launch online master’s degree programs in pastoral studies and religious education. Each program consists of 36 credit hours and may be completed entirely online or by combining online and on-campus courses. The degrees combine a firm theological foundation with an opportunity to specialize in areas such as youth ministry, parish life and administration, Hispanic ministry, spirituality, religion and ecology and others.

For more than 40 years, LIM, which is housed in the College of Social Sciences, has operated a successful ministry education program that is both Catholic and ecumenical. It has pioneered distance education through its unique extension model in the United States and abroad since 1983. This year, LIM started a program in Benin City, Nigeria.

LIM Director Tom Ryan, Ph.D., said the online programs provide great flexibility for students who may not have access to courses in a traditional setting.

“Our programs are practical, affordable and unique,” Ryan said. “Unique to them, is that they include a spiritual formation component based on the themes and graces of 'The Spiritual Exercises' of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.”

“These are professionally oriented graduate programs in which students create online learning communities. They develop theological and ministerial competencies through the integration of academic study with theological reflection on their ministerial practice and experience as people of faith.”

Students come from all walks of life. Some are new to the field of theology and ministry, while others are already working as ecclesial ministers or religious educators. Students of all faiths who seek to develop their theological knowledge and ministerial skills are welcome to the program.

The deadline to apply for spring classes is Dec. 14, 2009. Classes start Jan. 18, 2010.

For more information on the online master’s degrees, visit http://lim.loyno.edu/online/degreeoption.html or contact Eileen Chapoton, manager of recruitment, promotion and the Loyola Pastoral Life Center at 800-777-5469, ext. 2109 or chapoton@loyno.edu. For admissions inquiries, contact Diane Blair at 504-865-3399 or dblair@loyno.edu.

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