Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies


Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling

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

  • The ability to pastorally and clinically engage human psychological, relational, and contextual distress in therapeutic ways. (Cultural Context)
  • The ability to interpret, engage, and expand psycho-spiritual meaning making in relation to the pastoral legacy of faith communities. (Theology /Spirituality/Religious Heritage)
  • The ability to offer competent therapeutic services in secular and/or faith-based contexts based on personal, interpersonal, and spiritual maturity. (Maturity/Personal Formation)
  • The ability to appropriately assess and diagnose 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. (Skills/Ministerial Leadership)