Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Master of Arts in Healthcare Mission Leadership


Lewis Towers, Suite 630

111 East Pearson Street

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Healthcare Mission Leadership

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Healthcare Mission Leadership offers professional preparation for those in senior leadership positions in a healthcare environment who are charged with developing, enhancing, cultivating, and protecting the identity and mission of their organizations.  This interdisciplinary program is offered collaboratively by Loyola’s Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Healthcare Leadership at the Stritch School of Medicine, the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and the Institute of Pastoral Studies. It integrates courses from theology, spirituality, bioethics, organizational development, and leadership to offer a well-rounded degree pertinent to the work being done in Catholic hospitals and health systems throughout the world.

About the Master's Degree (M.A.)

The curriculum for the Master of Arts in Healthcare Mission Leadership is designed to meet the Competencies for Mission Leaders outlined by the Catholic Health Association via a series of twelve foundational courses (36 credit hours).  Since participants in this program will come with a wide range of past education and experience, this curriculum can be tailored to each applicant’s background.  Candidates demonstrating graduate-level training in a competency represented by a particular foundational course may substitute other courses in that or another competency area.

The Healthcare Mission Leadership program can be completed entirely Online

Our online graduate degree programs offer a highly accessible option for working professionals and individuals looking for greater flexibility.  Full-time students can complete the 36 credit hour degree program in two years.  Loyola's innovative online environment encourages interaction, collaboration, and a sense of community among our students, while also offering a great depth of academic content.  Our nationally-recognized faculty provides valuable engagement and networking among peers and experts in Catholic healthcare.

Career Opportunities

The interdisciplinary nature of the Master of Arts in Healthcare Mission Leadership degree program makes it perfect for professionals who work in or aspire to work in faith-based healthcare leadership. The degree is especially suitable for persons already in positions that focus on “mission and identity,” “mission effectiveness,” or “mission leadership.”


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

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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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