Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies


Curriculum Planning Worksheet
for MA-Counseling for Ministry

The Master of Arts in Counseling for Ministry allows international students and those interested in Pastoral Counseling to receive a degree in counseling without the 60 credit hour licensure requirements. This 36 credit hour program continues to build student's understanding of religious culture, values and beliefs in a reflective and articulate form while equipping students to serve the therapeutic needs of their communities in a meaningful way.

Core Courses (24 credit hours)Credit Hours
IPS 400 Introduction to Graduate and Professional Writing * 0
IPS 473 Family Therapy and Personal Transformation 3
IPS 501 Advanced Human Relation Skills 3
IPS 502 Theology of the Developing Person 3
IPS 503 Fundamentals of Pastoral Counseling 3
IPS 505 Group Counseling Approaches 3
IPS 512 Ethics, Pastoral Counseling, and Spirituality 3
IPS 555 Human Person and Psychological Development 3
IPS 564 Foundations of Pastoral Care 3
Selective Courses (9 credit hours)Credit Hours
IPS 403 Spiritual Paths in World Religions 3
IPS 404 Theologies of Suffering 3
IPS 428 Introduction to Spirituality Praxis 3
IPS 472 Pastoral Counseling in an Intercultural Context 3
IPS 474 Addictions and Modes of Therapy 3
IPS 596 Special Topics: Health Care Ethic 3
Contextual Education (3 credit hours)Credit Hours
IPS 578 Contextual Ed Preparation 0
IPS 579 Contextual Ed Introduction 0
IPS 580 Contextual Education 3
Clinical Pastoral Education (0 credit hours)Credit Hours
IPS 530 0
Integration Project (0 credit hours)Credit Hours
IPS 593 0

Learn More about the Integration Project

IPS 400: Introduction to Graduate and Professional Writing * - If required at the time of admission

To learn more about the master's degree in counseling for ministry and studying in the USA, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with IPS Enrollment Advisor Mariclare Kanaley, mkanaley@luc.edu or to apply here.