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Integrating theology with a practical approach focused on the Bible, spirituality, culture, and ethics, Loyola University New Orleans offers a 100% online Bachelor of Arts in Ministry and Theology. The BA emphasizes communication and is designed to shape compassionate, faithful leaders prepared to serve their communities. It promotes a broad vision of ministry, which holds that it is practiced in church settings and beyond, wherever people of faith live and work.

Leveraging the experience and wisdom of Loyola’s faculty and fellow classmates, students will become reflective in their faith and qualified to serve in a variety of leadership positions within parishes, schools, diocesan offices, or in the fields of business, law, healthcare, criminal justice, government, counseling, or teaching.

Program Requirements

Loyola’s online Bachelor of Arts in Ministry and Theology program consists of 120 credit hours and accepts up to 90 credit hours in transfer from other accredited colleges or universities. The degree includes:

  • 30 Major credit hours
  • 39 Loyola Core credit hours
  • 51 elective credit hours

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Ministry
  • New Testament as Literature
  • Ethics for Ministry
  • Church and Sacraments

For a full list of courses and course descriptions, visit the curriculum page. You can also download the degree program course listing (DPCL) to view program requirements in a helpful worksheet format.

About the Loyola Institute for Ministry

The Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM) has a 50-year history of educating students on six continents in practical theology—a method involving a rhythm of action and theological reflection. In fidelity to its mission, LIM seeks an integration of knowledge of the Christian biblical and theological tradition, a sensitivity to the dynamics of institutional structures, an appreciation for the times and culture within which one works, and a reflection on personal experience. The students, faculty, and staff of the Institute form a learning community that prepares students as leaders who announce the Gospel informed by a vision of the Christian tradition that emphasizes its transformative potential.