Christian Spirituality Certificate

About the Christian Spirituality Certificate at Loyola

Expanding our depth and breadth of understanding in the world of Christian spiritual theologies, traditions, and practices can be a truly life-changing endeavor both professionally and personally. The Graduate Certificate in Christian Spirituality at Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS) is designed to foster that kind of understanding and empower you to advance in your spiritual maturity.

The program encourages you to develop an integrated spiritual perspective through self-reflection and engagement with modern culture and the classic and contemporary resources of the Christian tradition. Throughout the coursework, you will gain a broadened perspective grounded in key biblical, theological, and psychological competencies.

Program Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Christian Spirituality is a 15-credit-hour program comprising three required courses and two electives. You can choose from a wide range of electives, in consultation with your academic advisor, to ensure your curriculum is best suited to your background, experience, and future goals.

The certificate program can be pursued full-time or part-time. Classes are held weekday evenings at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago, and depending on the electives you choose, the program can be completed entirely online.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Christian Spirituality Certificate?

An expanded array of career paths

The program is ideal for those exploring a new career path in ministry, ministers who want to expand their vocational horizon and base of knowledge, and volunteers or part-time professionals seeking to advance their ministries.

The program's three required courses and many of the elective choices are offered online through the IPS, which means you may earn your graduate certificate entirely online.

The program's curriculum is designed to be as flexible as possible, allowing you to choose electives, trading on the expertise of IPS faculty and existing course offerings, that are best suited to your personal experience and vocational goals.

For students who may be considering advancing their studies with a graduate degree, the certificate program delivers a graduate-level credential that can be rolled directly into Loyola's MA in Christian Spirituality program.

Founded in 1964, Loyola's IPS was one of the first pastoral academic institutes of its kind, and in the decades since, has achieved an exceptional legacy and reputation recognized across the country.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the Institute of Pastoral Studies faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Christian Spirituality Certificate program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Christian Spirituality Certificate program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Christian Spirituality Certificate learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Christian Spirituality Certificate totals $12750.00, or 15 credit hours at a cost of $850.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on the Institute of Pastoral Studies Financial Aid page.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Christian Spirituality Certificate are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall, Spring, & Summer
Rolling admission

Recommended Deadlines
Fall: July 15
Spring: December 10
Summer: April 15

Final admission is 10 days before the start of classes

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Christian Spirituality Certificate include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Please submit a 1,500-word essay describing your personal, educational, professional, and ministerial background and how these have prepared you for the specific MA or Certificate program for which you have applied. In your essay, also address the following:

  • Prior undergraduate or graduate study in theology or philosophy, if any

  • The ways in which your professional life and any volunteer service have emphasized spiritually, community and social justice

  • A theological book(s) that has helped to shape your understanding of your proposed vocation and course of study

  • Your vision of ministry, your strengths relative to this vocation, significant influences on your faith life (including minsterial mentors or role models), and the professional context in which you see yourself working upon completion of your program

  • Why you are choosing to pursue this degree at Loyola's IPS

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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