Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Spiritual Direction Certificates

IPS offers two 6-course, 18 credit hour Graduate Certificate programs in Spiritual Direction. Students can earn a certificate either in Spiritual Accompaniment or in the specialization in Ignatian spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises, the Ignatian Exercises Program.

These certificates are suited to applicants with a Masters degree or above in theological or ministerial studies, psychology or counseling, psychiatric social work, or health care.

Applicants with a masters degree in psychology, counseling, or psychiatric social work must provide evidence of having completed prerequisite courses in Bible and Theology, typically a 3 credit hours course in Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament) or New Testament, and a 3 credit hours course in foundational theology.  Applicants from the psychology or counseling fields who have not completed courses in biblical and theological foundations can complete these courses at IPS (see IPS 416 or 417 in Bible, and IPS 531 in Theology).  Typically, applicants from the psychology field will be exempted from IPS 555 (Human Person and Psychological Development) and substitute an elective course to complete the 18 credit hour Graduate Certificate Program.  A biblical or theological foundations course can substitute for IPS 555 in these cases.