Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Facts & Figures

Our Students

Fall 2021
 
Total Active Students: 245 
 
Students who identify as female: 58%
 
People of color: 45% 
 
Student Age
20-29 years: 11%
30-39 years: 24%
40-49 years: 22%
50-59 years: 27%
60+ years: 16%
 
Average Time to Completion
Certificates: 2-4 semesters
36-hour MA: 2.5 years
60-hour MA: 3 years
72-hour MDiv: 4 years
                                                             
Students who do not identify as Christian: 9% 
 
Students who do not identify as Catholic: 44% 
 
Students receiving a scholarship or grant from IPS: 45% 
 
This does not include students receiving outside scholarships, federal aid, or other forms of financial assistance. 
 

Course and Professor Reviews

Based on evaluations from all IPS courses in the 2020-2021 Academic Year 
 
“How would you rate the overall effectiveness of the instructor?”
4.8 out of 5
 
“How would you rate the overall effectiveness of this course?”
4.7 out of 5
 
“The course contributed to the development of my self-understanding.”
4.7 out of 5
 
“The course contributed to the development of my ministerial identity.”
4.7 out of 5
 
Student Comments: 
 
“This class is the first online class I have had. At first, I was nervous […] However, once I got used to the technique, with the great help of the instructor, I found myself at home.”
 
“I was very impressed with [the] course design and delivery. It was clear that [the instructor] put a great deal of time and energy into ensuring we would gain not only important content knowledge but also opportunities to reflect, connect with classmates, and practice new skills. I am grateful for [their] thoughtfulness in structuring a meaningful and enriching class!”
 
“[The instructor] has deep and wide knowledge of theology and philosophy, and models pastoral care in a very real, personal, and inspiring way in the classroom. […] I get so much out of [these] classes and feel supported along the way. Thank you very much!”