Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality


Lewis Towers, Suite 630

111 East Pearson Street

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality

Format: Online

Program Description:

Drawing on the wisdom of the Ignatian tradition, the Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality equips students for meaningful and holistic living and ministry meeting the personal and social challenges of our time by deepening their knowledge of God and self. Joining contemplation to action, the Ignatian approach to spirituality and spiritual formation is grounded in a personal relationship with God/Christ, lived in the world and addresses the needs and issues of our time, ecumenical in its appeal to all Christians, and adapted to each person’s uniqueness.

The Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality is a 36-hour degree program which can be completed entirely online, entirely face-to-face at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, or by taking a combination of online and on-campus courses. Students also have the opportunity to take IPS summer courses offered in Rome, many of which fulfill requirements for the MA in Christian Spirituality. Full-time students can complete the program in two years.

Students completing the MA in Christian Spirituality may choose to pursue a concentration in Spiritual Direction. The Spiritual Direction concentration is designed to prepare spiritual directors to facilitate the regular, on-going practice of accompanying people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine. Unique to the Institute of Pastoral Studies, students have the opportunity to receive training on how to direct and make use of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola (30-day or 30-week format) in spiritual direction.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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