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Master of Pastoral Studies

Also available online.

The Loyola Institute for Ministry can help you discern your vocational call affordably. In addition, our courses are inspired by the best in Catholic theology and animated by Ignatian spirituality; they are transformative and practical. Dynamic on-campus and online learning communities make your studies come alive.

Our programs equip you for jobs in chaplaincy, teaching, or church and non-profit work. On their own or as part of dual degrees with Business, Counseling, or Criminal Justice, they can help you see work in any field as a ministry and so help you live out your baptismal call to Christian action that offers hope and healing to a world in such need today. If you are interested in chaplaincy, learn more here»

With a graduate tuition rate of $1227 per course, earning your degree is affordable and attainable. Begin your journey today! Applications are accepted year-round for enrollment in fall, spring, or summer semesters.

Additional Dual Degree Options:

Are you a Loyola New Orleans graduating senior or current alum? You could be eligible for the auto admit program. The Pastoral Studies program will auto admit eligible Loyola New Orleans students who meet the following criteria:

  • students with a 3.0 GPA or higher and submission of a resume will be automatically admitted.&

To apply as an auto admit, submit one of the following applications:

Information Session

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Information Session

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Degree Overview

36 Credits

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Loyola’s Master of Pastoral Studies degree online consists of 36 credit hours, which includes:

  • Core courses (18 credit hours)
  • Focus area courses (9 credit hours)
  • Elective courses (6 credit hours)
  • Capstone course (3 credit hours)

Check out the University Bulletin to view further curriculum information. Click here to download a degree worksheet. This program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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How to Apply

Review the admission requirements for Loyola's Master of Pastoral Studies program.




master of pastoral studies

Applications are accepted year-round for enrollment for Fall, Spring, and Summer.


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