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Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Certificate in Religious Education

This advanced graduate certificate program prepares individuals for administrating religious education programs or teaching religion in schools and parishes. A graduate degree is required for entry into this program. Five courses comprise this certificate program:

Application Information

General Information

To apply for admission to the graduate programs in the Institute of Pastoral Studies, the following documents are required from domestic applicants:

For degree-seeking and certificate-seeking applicants: Please submit an essay approximately 5-6 double-spaced pages in length responding to the following topics:
1. Write a brief autobiographical essay, focusing particularly on what you consider key themes in your personal development.
2. Describe your current situation in your personal development.
3. Who and/or what have influenced you to pursue this course of study?
4. Describe the ministry experiences that have most impacted you.
5. Describe your educational journey.
6. How would you characterize your learning style?
7. Upon completion of this program, how/where/with whom do you see yourself ministering?
8. What contemporary issues do you see as most in need of being influenced by values and beliefs?
9. If you are not accepted into this program, what are your alternative educational plans?

For non-degree seeking applicants only: Please submit an essay (1-2 pages double-spaced) describing how graduate studies at IPS would further your vocational, professional, and/or ministerial goals.

For international applicants, the following documents are required in addition to those listed above:

Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

Contact Information: The application and all supporting documents must be sent to Graduate Enrollment Management at the following address:

Graduate Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312)915-8950


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