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Institute of Pastoral Studies

Advanced Standing & Transfer Credit

Students accepted into IPS programs may request transfer of credits previously taken in an accredited graduate program with the following restrictions: 

Persons who have participated in specific ministry education programs may be eligible to receive "advanced standing" for those programs.  The total combination of transfer credit and advanced standing must follow the guidelines outlined above.  However, certain programs approved by the IPS, such as diocesan diaconal training programs or the Center for Ministry Development, may be counted for up to 9 credits of advanced standing toward any of the master's degree programs.  A list of eligible programs can be obtained from the IPS Coordinator of Student Services. 

Ordinarily, requests for advanced standing or transfer credit must be made in writing to the IPS Director during the student's first semester of coursework, and must be accompanied by an official transcript of those credits; or, in the case of approved ministry education programs, by documentation of completion of the program.  The IPS Director will make a judgment regarding the quality and quantity of the previous learning and its relevance to the specific degree requirements.

Transfer Credit – Form

Advanced Standing‌ – Form

Guidelines Pertaining to Students Pursuing More Than One Loyola Degree

Some students may choose to pursue two Loyola master's degrees simultaneously in cases where no "dual degree" program exists.  Sometimes these programs will both be housed within the IPS—e.g., the M.Div. and the MA in Contemporary Spirituality.  Sometimes they will be housed in different departments—e.g., an MA in Contemporary Spirituality and an MA in Theology.  The policy articulated above applies to these situations as well:

At times there may be substantial overlap between courses students have taken in a previous or concurrent degree program with a course required for an IPS degree, but for the reasons outlined above, the courses cannot be counted or transferred into the IPS program.  For example, the student may have taken an MA level New Testament course in a previous degree program.  In those instances, students may be offered the option of taking a different course as a substitute.


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