Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies - Religious Education


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies - Religious Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) degree program offers a concentration in Religious Education. This program develops the practices of thinking, acting, and teaching necessary for service in today’s culturally, generationally, and theologically diverse church.

Students in this concentration cultivate the practice of considering every problem and situation through theological lenses, so that the outcome or solution is infused with the principles of faith. These habits prepare students of the Religious Education concentration to engage, catechize, and educate all age groups in a variety of contexts.

The curriculum includes the eight core courses required for the MAPS degree plus two education courses (IPS 485—Religious Education, Evangelization & Cultures and IPS 486—Principles of Religious Education), one elective course, one contextual education practicum, and a final Integration Project.


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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