Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Facts & Figures

Our Students

Fall 2023

Total Active Students: 193

Students who identify as female: 65%

People of color: 42%

Student Age

20-29 years: 5%

30-39 years: 21%

40-49 years: 21%

50-59 years: 32%

60+ years: 21%

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: 12%

Students who do not identify as Catholic: 31%

Students receiving a scholarship or grant from IPS: 43%

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 2021-2022 Academic Year


“How would you rate the overall effectiveness of the instructor?”

4.7 out of 5

“How would you rate the overall effectiveness of this course?”

4.6 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 is a new course offering. It was thoughtfully put together. There was no lack of resources for us to access. The assignments were well constructed to make me review what I learned, organize the concepts, and articulate them in concrete realities.”


“Absolutely loved this course. From the small groups (though I feel like I got lucky with my classmates, and I suppose it could have gone the other way too) to the class discussion, to the fun exercises during class that shook things up, the entire experience exceeded my expectations. Figured it would be a dry and boring course on doctrine, but this was most definitely not that.”


“[The instructor] was superb in presenting and using technology. Sakai took some learning for this Luddite, but once I was up to speed, I realized just how powerful and useful the platform is. [The instructor] used it so beautifully!”