Institute of Pastoral Studies
Welcome to the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola Unversity Chicago! To ensure that you have a successful academic experience, we recommend that you complete the following steps before you begin your program:
Schedule an Appointment with Your Academic Advisor
At IPS, students receive their academic advisement from the graduate program director (GPD) who oversees their respective program. It is highly recommended that students be in touch with their GPD prior to the semester. GPDs will provide students with advising notes, curriculum plans, and overall good advice on how to be academically successful at IPS.
- Master of Divinity: Dr. Robert O'Gorman, email@example.com, 312-915-7485, M.Div.
- Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling: Dr. Paul Giblin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-915-7483, MAPC
- Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies: Dr. Heidi Russell, email@example.com, 312-915-7476, MAPS
- Master of Arts in Spirituality/Spiritual Direction: Dr. Steve Krupa, S.J., firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-915-7491, MASSD
- Master of Arts in Social Justice and Community Development: Dr. Melissa Browning, email@example.com, 312-915-7457, MASJCD
- Non-Degree Seeking students: Dr. Eileen Daily, firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-915-7477
- M.Div. and MAPS Healthcare: Dr. Robert O'Gorman, email@example.com, 312-915-7485
Attend New Student Orientation
It is strongly encouraged that you attend New Student Orientation. New Student Orientation is your chance to be introduced to the IPS community. You will meet your graduate program director, IPS director Dr. Brian Schmisek, as well as the IPS staff. We will acquaint you to the Water Tower Campus, our standards and practices, and give you the chance to build community with other incoming IPS students.
New Student Orientation for the Fall 2013 semester is on Saturday, August 24. Please RSVP by August 22 to Susann Ozuk at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 312-915-7400. Please plan to attend.
Get Your First Class Assignment Online
Faculty may choose to post your first class assignments on Blackboard before the semester begins. Your Universal I.D. and Password (UVID) will give you access to Blackboard. A complete syllabus will be distributed by each professor during the first class meeting. All students are expected to check Blackboard to see if they must complete any work before the first class period. If a course you've registered for does not have an assignment listed, there is no first assignment for that class. Note: While the majority of IPS faculty utilize Blackboard for their courses, some do not. Be sure to check in with the professor during the first class session if you do not see your class listed on Blackboard.