BA in Pastoral Leadership

The BA in Pastoral Leadership is intended to provide lay leadership in parishes and congregations with a thoughtful and deliberate preparation for the tasks of leadership in this unique setting. The skills of building a good board, an effective plan, keeping the organization financially solvent, and getting and keeping motivated volunteers are essential.

FASTRACK Program Benefits

  • Refine your immediate and long-range career goals within faith-based institutions and pursue both a bachelor’s and master’s degree within the field of pastoral leadership.
  • Hone your knowledge of common business applications, effective communication, team building, and ethical leadership skills.
  • Online, evening, and weekend class formats allow you to pursue your passion for education while balancing work and family life.
  • A program grounded in the University Core Curriculum, students develop skills crucial to facing the challenges of contemporary society.
Total Number of Major Courses 14
Total Number of Major Credit Hours 42 credit hours. Each student's remaining hours toward Core, mission specific requirements, and general elective requirements will vary depending on transfer credit. Please review the curriculum page to learn more about your requirements beyond your major credit hours.
Start Terms Students can begin during any of the 5 sessions throughout the academic year.
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Major 21 credit hours / 7 courses
Schedule Format for major courses
Courses offered primarily in an 8-week session online format. Some course work may be taken in a blended format as well. This major can be completed fully online.
Schedule Format for Other Courses (Core, mission, and school requirements)  Courses offered in 8-week sessions with fully online options, which may include both synchronous and asynchronous meetings, and blended options with either evening or Saturday morning meetings.
Course Locations Online
Water Tower Campus – 820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago
Master's Program Students completing their B.A. in Pastoral Leadership with SCPS will have 4 courses waived from their Institute of Pastoral Studies M.A. should they pursue admission to either the Pastoral Studies or Social Justice programs.
Application and Admission Requirements Application
Official transcripts from all prior institutions
2.0 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions
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