Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Pastoral Counseling Certificate


Lewis Towers, Suite 630

111 East Pearson Street

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Pastoral Counseling Certificate

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Pastoral counseling at IPS is understood as professional therapeutic ministry.  This ministry is pursued with a vision of the human person that includes insights from the human sciences as well as religious and spiritual dimensions of life.  Often, but not always, pastoral counseling takes place in a setting that reflects a spiritually-oriented environment.  

This advanced graduate certificate program prepares counselors to practice in faith-based settings. A master's degree in counseling or divinity/ministry is a prerequisite for this certificate.

Five courses comprise this certificate program:

  • Either  IPS 513 Internship Supervision II (for counselors)
  • Or  IPS 521 and IPS 522 Pastoral Practicum (for ministers)
  • Four elective courses chosen in consultation with the academic advisor, based on the student’s background


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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