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, Roberta McLaurin, at, or 312-915-7487.  

Attend New Student Orientation

We will host a New Student Orientation- date to be determined. It will be all all-day event with lunch included and a reception to follow. Please mark your calendar and monitor your Loyola e-mail account for information and updates. At your earliest convenience, please RSVP here

Many distance students travel to Chicago to join us in person for Orientation. Sometimes, we don't see them again until graduation! Our community welcomes you and we hope you'll be able to visit us in August, meet other new students in your areas of study, hear presentations on how our programs function, interact with continuing students and get their best advice, meet all our faculty, and much more.  We will make available to all our new students an Orientation website with key materials, which will be especially important for those who cannot join us in Chicago, but there is no substitute for joining in person as you integrate into the IPS community. 

Find Your Textbooks and First Class Assignment Online

Faculty generally submit book requirements for their courses to the Loyola Bookstore well before the term begins and you can access this information when you enroll. You'll see a link to this information when you register for courses. You can also go directly to the Bookstore Website. The IPS is located on the Water Tower campus, so select that option first. Once the page opens, click on "Textbooks."

Most IPS faculty build websites for their courses (even for their in-person classes) in Sakai, the online learning management system at Loyola. Once you have your Universal I.D. and Password (UVID) you can log into Sakai. When you enroll in courses, the next day you will find in Sakai links to those course websites. Faculty build these websites each term and so it may not be available until just before the term begins, but we encourage students to monitor that space to see when course websites become available. A complete course syllabus will be distributed by each professor on the course website or 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.