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Christian business leaders have a duty to be both practical and ethical, particularly in areas like environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility. Making ethical business decisions requires a strong spiritual grounding in addition to a thorough understanding of business principles.

Loyola’s dual Master of Pastoral Studies and MBA degree program is ideal for business leaders who want to integrate Christian spirituality into their work life. The program emphasizes the link between business and ethics, focusing on how your faith can appropriately inform workplace decisions, practices, policies, and behaviors. Students will take advanced courses in both the Institute for Ministry and the School of Business, completing degree requirements for both the Master of Pastoral Studies and the MBA.

Requirements for the Master of Pastoral Studies degree include:

  • Core theological coursework, such as Introduction to Practical Theology, Christian Origins, and Spirituality, Morality, and Ethics
  • Specialized courses in a focus area, such as Digital Culture and Ministry, Youth Ministry, or Religion and Ecology

Requirements for the MBA include:

  • Foundational business coursework, including Strategic Communication, Financial and Managerial Accounting, and Operations and Process Management
  • Immersion weeks in ethics and social justice, career management, venture and ideation, and MBA experience
  • A capstone project

Loyola’s online dual Master of Pastoral Studies and MBA degree program prepares students to be faith-filled business professionals – living their vocation and spreading the Good News in the workplace. To accomplish this, the MPS/MBA program provides students with hands-on expertise in advanced theological and business principles. In the pastoral studies program, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective minister and leader in many different contexts, such as youth groups, parish offices, mental health care, and even digital media. The immersive MBA curriculum trains students to use data to monitor, control, and improve operational performance while increasing key organizational outcomes.

Graduates of this dual program are prepared to become ethical business leaders in any industry, but particularly for positions at churches and dioceses, non-profit organizations, or Catholic or other faith-based healthcare facilities. Upon graduation, you will have the spiritual grounding and business acumen needed to apply faith-based principles and values to any organization.

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
  • “Best Business School” for 2018, Princeton Review

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: Students 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 or their parents 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, master’s, 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.

The graduate division of Loyola’s College of Business has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1974. The AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level. The AACSB Accreditation Standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

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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