Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a comprehensive degree designed to meet the educational needs of persons called to professional ministerial leadership. 

  • The degree offers full-time enrollment
    - Average time to completion (full time): 4 years
  • The degree offers part-time enrollment
    - Average time to completion (full time): 6 years
  • This degree offers many online courses

The MA in Pastoral Studies curriculum is the core curriculum of the MDiv degree. The courses from the MA in Pastoral Studies courses can be transferred in full to the MDiv, should you decide to continue on for the MDiv.


You will work with the IPS Faculty Coordinator of Contextual Education to complete 6 credit hours of Contextual Education and 1 unit of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education).
In addition, you will complete an integration project that synthesizes your learnings at the end of your studies.

Once you complete your studies, you will have built a strong resume for a career in a variety of ministerial settings: parish leadership, diocesan administration, campus ministry, or chaplaincy positions in hospitals and long-term health care settings.
Career services are available—learn more at LUC.edu/career.

IPS continues the centuries-old Catholic and Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, a personal and community approach to education, and social relevance.
The MDiv can also be pursued in tandem with other Loyola master’s degrees.

  • The MDiv/MA in Pastoral Counseling equips you with a comprehensive background in ministerial leadership and specialist competencies in faith-based counseling.
  • The MDiv/MSW provides you with a comprehensive background in ministerial leadership and the competencies to become a licensed social worker.
  • The MDiv/MASJ prepares you for leadership in faith-based organizations that promote justice, foster global awareness, and develop professional programs committed to excellence.
  • Study abroad: We encourage you to widen your pastoral experience with an international immersion. Study abroad is open to full- and part-time students; courses in Rome are scheduled for every summer.
  • Student organizations: As an IPS student, you are welcome to participate in the IPS Student Engagement Committee.

Our faculty members are respected leaders in their fields, and they integrate research and practical experiences into the classroom. Their interests include health care ethics, moral theology, ecclesiology, spirituality, Catholic social teaching, pastoral care, and theological approaches to economics.

Begin the financial aid process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov

The Institute of Pastoral Studies has limited funds available for financial assistance. Options include merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, sponsored matching grants, Mission Grants, Loyola University Campus Ministry Assistantship, the Chicago Archdiocesan Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program, and/or graduate student worker positions at IPS. Learn more at LUC.edu/ips/admission/finaid

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.