Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies


MA in Counseling for Ministry

By completing the Master of Arts in Counseling for Ministry, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability of pastoral caregivers to engage their social and cultural contextual environments in order to expand their pastoral competencies. (Cultural Context)
  • The ability to interpret and assess pastoral caregiving in relation to the historical and contemporary pastoral commitments of faith communities (Theology/Spirituality/Religious Heritage)
  • The ability to offer competent and meaningful pastorally supportive services within largely faith-based contexts, based on personal, interpersonal, and spiritual maturity (Maturity/Personal Formation)
  • The ability to appropriately assess personal and relational life conditions that contribute to human distress and break down, with the skills needed to discern and effectively pastoral engage the identified dilemmas within the range of their defined competencies. (Skills/Ministerial Leadership)