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Pastoral Studies

Loyola University Chicago

12 months
1033 USD/credit
1033 USD/credit
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The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) prepares students at Loyola University Chicago for ministerial service in a variety of contexts. Embracing four areas of development—human, spiritual, intellectual, and ministerial—the program guides students in the development of their own pastoral identity through an integrated exploration of theology and pastoral practice


Through Pastoral Studies coursework at Loyola University Chicago, focused contextual experiences, and an integration project, students explore and work to develop those personal qualities necessary for faithful service, spiritual practices grounded in God's Trinitarian life, theological knowledge and intellectual skills, and the pastoral abilities appropriate to their gifts and ministerial context. The MAPS degree at the Institute of Pastoral Studies offers students a systematic and broad foundation for a variety of ministries and the tools necessary to engage critically and constructively the challenges and opportunities of our contemporary context.

Students who enroll in the MAPS degree can study under the general MAPS program or focus their studies in one of four areas of concentration: health care chaplaincy, religious education, youth ministry, and digital communication.

Program Concentrations

  • MAPS—Digital Communication Concentration
  • MAPS—Health Care Chaplaincy Concentration
  • MAPS—Religious Education Concentration
  • MAPS—Youth Ministry Concentration.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Theology and Ministry
  • Literature of Ancient Israel
  • Christian Origins: An Exploration of the New Testament
  • Christian Doctrine & Its History: Grace, Christ, & the Spirit
  • Church and its Mission
  • Liturgy and Christian Sacraments
  • Christian Moral Theology and Ethics
  • The Human Person and Psychological Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Completed Application Form
  • Letters of Recommendation 
  • Statement of PurposeTest Scores (GMAT or GRE)
  • Professional Resume
  • Language Test Requirement
  • Transcript Evaluation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1033 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1033 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1033 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1033 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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