2024-2025 CATALOG

The Academic Catalog is the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies and degree requirements for Loyola University Chicago. It is published every year in advance of the next academic year.

Pastoral Studies with a Concentration in Healthcare Chaplaincy (MA)

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) degree program prepares students for ministerial service in a variety of contexts. Embracing four areas of development—human, spiritual, intellectual, and ministerial—the program guides students in the development of their own pastoral identity through an integrated exploration of theology and pastoral practice.

Through graduate coursework, focused contextual experiences, and an integration project, students explore and work to develop those personal qualities necessary for faithful service, spiritual practices grounded in God's Trinitarian life, theological knowledge and intellectual skills, and the pastoral abilities appropriate to their gifts and ministerial context. The MAPS degree at the Institute of Pastoral Studies offers students a systematic and broad foundation for a variety of ministries and the tools necessary to engage critically and constructively the challenges and opportunities of our contemporary context.

The MAPS Concentration in Health Care Chaplaincy prepares students for the certification process with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) and other certifying bodies that require a 36 credit hour graduate degree.

All components of the MAPS—Health Care Chaplaincy concentration, except for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), can be completed online or on-campus. Some courses are also available in the summer through the IPS Rome program.

In addition, for the MAPS concentration in Healthcare Chaplaincy:

  • An understanding and personal integration of methods of pastoral care appropriate to the healthcare setting, supported by a conceptual foundation of theology and ethics.
  • A readiness to complete successfully the process for certification as a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) with The National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC).