Transferred Credit & Advanced Standing
Persons applying to IPS degree programs who participated in substantive ministry education programs, such as diocesan diaconal training or lay ministry education programs, may apply for "Advanced Standing" in any of the master's degree programs. "Transfer Credit" requires a transcript from an accredited graduate program.
For the M.A. degrees, the upper limit for the number of hours granted in either advanced standing or transfer credit is one-third of the total number of hours required by the degree, e.g., 12 hours in pastoral studies, spirituality, religious education and social justice; 16 hours in pastoral counseling. For the M.Div. degree, advanced standing or transfer credit follows the same pattern as Loyola doctoral programs. Up to one-half the total number of hours (36 credit hours) can be transferred from an approved M.A. program.
Requests for advanced standing or transfer credit must be made in writing to the Graduate Program Director, and must be accompanied by an official transcript of those credits; or, in the case of substantive ministry education programs, by a complete written description of specific learning experiences as proof of competence. The Graduate Program Director will make a judgment regarding the quality and quantity of the previous learning and its relevance to the specific degree requirements. In each case, IPS seeks to be fair in recognizing ministry competencies already achieved and in maintaining the integrity and focus of its own degree programs.