Institute of Pastoral Studies

Welcome to the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University 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 an assigned full-time IPS faculty member.   It is highly recommended that students be in touch with their academic advisor prior to the semester. Advisors will provide students with advising notes, curriculum plans, and overall good advice on how to be academically successful at IPS.  Your academic advisor will be assigned to you in LOCUS at some point after your admission.  If you are not able to access this in LOCUS and need contact information for your academic advisor please contact Coordinator of Student Services, Koonal Patel, at, or 312-915-7487.  

  • Master of Divinity: Dr. Heidi Russell,, 312-915-7476, M.Div
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling: Dr. William Schmidt,, 312-915-7483, MAPC
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies: Dr. M. Therese Lysaught,, 312-915-7485, MAPS
  • Master of Arts in Social Justice: Dr. Marian Diaz,, 312-915-7457, MASJ
  • Master of Arts in Health Care Mission Leadership: Dr. M. Therese Lysaught,, 312-915-7485, HCML

Attend New Student Orientation

It is strongly encouraged that you attend New Student Orientation on August 20-21, 2015. Summer and Fall 2015 Admits will receive an email inviting you to attend shortly. New Student Orientation is your chance to be introduced to the IPS community. You will meet your academic advisor, full-time faculty, 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.

Get Your First Class Assignment Online

Faculty may choose to post your first class assignments on Sakai before the semester begins. Your Universal I.D. and Password (UVID) will give you access to Sakai. A complete syllabus will be distributed by each professor during the first class meeting. All students are expected to check Sakai 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 Sakai 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.