Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

MA in Christian Spirituality - Curriculum

Curriculum Planning Worksheet for

The curriculum consists of a 12-course, 36-credit hour program comprising 9 core required courses:

  • IPS 545 Foundations of Christian Spirituality
  • IPS 416 Christian Origins
  • IPS 417 Literature of Ancient Israel
  • IPS 531 Christian Doctrine
  • IPS 555 Human Person and Psychological Development
  • IPS 428 Introduction to Spirituality Praxis
  • IPS 403 Spiritual Paths in World Religions
  • IPS 512 Ethics, Pastoral Counseling, and Spirituality
  • IPS 572 Ignatian Spirituality

Electives (2 three-credit courses, or 6 credit hours) are chosen in consultation with the academic advisor. Electives may be taken in IPS or in many of the other schools, colleges, academic centers and institutes at Loyola University Chicago. See your academic advisor for more details.

Contextual Education

MA in Christian Spirituality students acquire and enhance their spiritual leadership and skills in a structured contextual education program that combines onsite mentoring and supervision, skill-based workshops, as well as peer and faculty weekly reflection sessions. Students typically minister 8-10 hours per week for a period of 20-22 weeks, for a total of at least 200 hours of onsite experience and formation. The field learning settings can be directly related to the student's present work situation or can be selected from placements IPS has cultivated in the resource rich area of Chicago or other settings around the nation or the world.

Students fulfill the Contextual Education requirement of the MA in Christian Spirituality by successfully completing the following 3 courses:

  • IPS 578 Contextual Education Preparation (0 credit)
  • IPS 579 Contextual Education Introduction (0 credit)
  • IPS 580 Contextual Education (3 credits)

MA in Christian Spirituality students complete the program with IPS 593, the zero-credit Integration Project, in their final year.