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ONLINE MASTER OF PASTORAL STUDIES
Live and Lead for Christ
ONLINE MASTER OF PASTORAL STUDIES
Live and Lead for Christ

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Program Overview

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 traditionally ministerial 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 Ministry
  • Religion and Ecology
  • Pastoral Care

Program Outcomes

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

  • Introduction to Practical Theology
  • Jewish Roots of Christian Faith
  • Church, Sacraments, and Liturgy
  • Spirituality, Morality, and Ethics

In addition to a strong foundation in core theological principles, the Master of Pastoral Studies program provides you with the opportunity to specialize your degree based on your interests in a particular focus area. These focus areas 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.

Why Loyola University New Orleans?

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 students’ 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

Paying for School

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. Parents of a dependent, undergraduate student may also qualify for these federal loans to pay for the student's education.
  • Private Loans: There are also various private loan options available to students or their parents to pay for education.
  • Grants: Federal or state grants might be available to students based on eligibility.

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 is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program for veterans who are eligible for the Post 9-11 benefit. Loyola will provide up to $12,000 per academic year, a figure the VA will match. This is in addition to the Post 9-11 benefit of $20,235 per academic year. This benefit is available to all eligible undergraduate and graduate students.

Accreditation

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. 

Military

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 the Yellow Ribbon program for veterans who are eligible for the Post 9-11 benefit. Loyola will provide up to $12,000 per academic year, a figure the VA will match. This is in addition to the Post 9-11 benefit of $20,235 per academic year. This benefit is available to all eligible undergraduate and graduate students.

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