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Master of Pastoral Studies and Master of Criminology & Justice (Online)

Pope Francis urges criminal justice professionals “to encourage, help and enable … a rehabilitation which everyone seeks and desires: inmates and their families, correctional authorities, social and educational programs … [This] benefits and elevates the morale of the entire community and society” ("Message to Detainees").

A dual degree in pastoral studies and criminology and justice prepares you to become a more effective and compassionate professional in the field of criminology and justice. It is aimed at criminal justice administrators, researchers, and private security professionals as well as those in justice ministries such as such as victim services, prison ministry, re-entry, and delinquency prevention. In this program, students develop a theological and spiritual foundation for their work supporting the transformation of individuals and community.


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Master of Pastoral Studies and Master of Criminology & Justice Curriculum

Flexible online courses taught by experts.

Grow professionally and spiritually in the field of criminology and justice.


Degree Overview

60 Credits

dual master of pastoral studies and master of ciminology & justice


Loyola’s online M.P.S./M.C.J. dual degree consists of 60 credit hours, which includes:

  • Loyola Institute for Ministry Courses (30 credit hours)
  • Criminal Justice Courses (30 credit hours)

Check out the University Bulletin to view further curriculum information about Loyola's online M.P.S./M.C.J. dual degree and download a program worksheet.

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What can you do with a dual M.P.S./M.C.J. degree?

Discover your full potential

Loyola’s 100% online dual master of pastoral studies (M.P.S.) and master of criminology & justice (M.C.J.) program will prepare you to excel in a wide range of careers, including:

  • Criminal justice administrator
  • Victim services
  • Prison ministry
  • Prisoner re-entry
  • Delinquency prevention
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Private security professionals
  • Chaplaincy
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