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Master of Pastoral Studies
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Christians are called to “go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15) through their everyday words and actions. Whether you are a lay person working in a traditional ministry setting, a helping profession like medicine or social work, or a secular workplace, the online Master of Pastoral Studies degree will help you become a wiser and more effective minister and leader.

Loyola’s online Master of Pastoral Studies degree allows you to develop a strong theological and spiritual grounding from a university with a long-standing reputation for excellence in education and ministerial formation. The program’s core curriculum covers a broad range of theological topics from practical theology to the sacraments. The program, which is international in scope and open to students of all faiths, allows you to take focus area courses that align with your interests, including:

  • Christian Spirituality for Ministry
  • Digital Culture and Ministry
  • Marketplace Ministry
  • Pastoral Life and Administration
  • Youth and Young Adult Ministry
  • Religion and Ecology
  • Small Christian Communities
  • Pastoral Care

Our pastoral studies curriculum prepares students to excel in a variety of traditional and non-traditional ministry roles. You will take courses in a wide range of advanced theological topics, such as:

  • Practical Theology
  • Bible
  • Christology
  • Sacraments and Liturgy
  • Christian Ethics

In addition to a strong foundation in theology, the Master of Pastoral Studies program provides you with the opportunity to specialize your degree based on your interests in a particular area of ministry. Focus area courses equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for ministerial work in many different contexts, such as youth groups, parish offices, mental health care, and even digital media.

With a focus on the practical and modern implications of Christianity’s rich history, the online Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University New Orleans will help you spread the Good News and make a transformative impact on the lives of others.

Loyola University New Orleans is a private, accredited, Jesuit university open to students of all faiths. Since it was chartered as a university in 1912, Loyola has established a reputation for excellence founded on the principles of disciplined studies and educating the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Our campus and online degree programs focus on developing all of a student’s talents to the fullest.

Loyola graduates are innovators, entrepreneurs, and free thinkers, poised to begin successful careers and make a positive impact on the world. In fact, 87% of Loyola graduates are employed within their career field or in advanced study within six months of graduating. By enrolling in one of Loyola’s new online degree programs, you join a long tradition of scholarly excellence on a schedule that fits your busy lifestyle.

Recent accolades for Loyola University New Orleans include:

  • #10 "Best Regional Universities of the South," US News & World Report
  • #12 "Best Value" in the South, US News & World Report
  • #4 in the region for diversity, US News & World Report
  • MONEY Magazine's "Best Colleges for Your Money"
  • #11 “Best Regional Southern Universities,” College Choice

At Loyola University New Orleans, we believe that higher education is an investment in yourself, and we want to make that investment as affordable as possible. We offer a variety of financial aid options to help you take the next step in your career.

Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid is easier than you think. A large percentage of Loyola students receive some form of financial aid, including:

  • Federal Loans: SStudents enrolled at least half time are eligible for the Federal Direct Student Loan Program, which means that they can borrow subsidized or unsubsidized loans based on need.
  • Private Loans: There are also various private loan options available to students to pay for education.

Our friendly staff will work with you one-on-one to help you understand your options and check your eligibility. Students should complete the FAFSA as early as possible after January 1 in order to be considered for all types of financial aid.

Employer Reimbursement

Loyola accepts tuition reimbursement from students whose employers offer that benefit.

Veterans Benefits

Loyola University New Orleans participates in several programs designed to support veterans and provide greater access to higher education – including the Post 9/11 program and the Yellow Ribbon program. Contact us to learn more about the financial aid resources Loyola makes available to eligible veterans.

Loyola University New Orleans is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Loyola University New Orleans.

Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that Loyola meets key criteria that support a quality education. These key criteria include having a clearly-defined mission, the resources to ensure the mission is being met, and measurable educational objectives aligned with its mission.

At Loyola University New Orleans, we value the ideals of service and discipline, which is why we are proud to assist veterans and service members in the completion of their degrees. In fact, Loyola was ranked #8 in US News and World Report’s 2016 “Best Colleges for Veterans (South)” list. Loyola University New Orleans has also been designated a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, a designation awarded to the schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students. Speak with one of our staff to learn more about the variety of resources available to veterans and military students.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Loyola University New Orleans participates in several different programs for students who are eligible for benefits. The most popular program is the Post 9/11 program. If you are 100% eligible, you will receive $26,671 annually in tuition and fees. If you utilize this amount, you will be eligible for Yellow Ribbon. Loyola will provide up to $12,000, which Veterans Affairs will match. You may also be eligible for a monthly basic housing stipend with a value of up to $1,000 per year.

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