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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.

Now accepting applications for Summer through May 1st!

“One of the most formative things about the mission leadership graduate programs at Loyola is the engagement with diverse groups of faculty and professionals who help you develop your own theological and ethical thought.  This type of engagement gradually leads to the inculcation of practical wisdom over time.  This is the strength of Jesuit education.”

Cory D. Mitchell, MA

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 domain.  


Theology and Spirituality (Choose four)

  • BEHL 500 Introduction to Healthcare Mission Leadership*
  • BEHL 502 Christian Doctrine and History
  • BEHL 426 Ignatian Spirituality and Medicine
  • IPS 401 Church and Mission
  • IPS 454 Foundations of Christian Spirituality

Ethics (Choose four)

  • BEHL 401 Clinical Bioethics
  • BEHL 403 Ethics Across the Continuum of Care
  • BEHL 414 Moral Theology for Bioethics
  • BEHL 415 Catholic Bioethics in Clinical Practice
  • BEHL 416 Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice

Organizational Management and Leadership (Choose four)

  • BEHL 505 Advanced Concepts in Health Systems Management
  • BEHL 412 Organizational Ethics I: Business and Professionalism
  • BEHL 419 Organizational Ethics II: Strategic Leadership for Catholic Healthcare
  • CMAN 533 Fiscal Management in Healthcare Organization
  • BEHL 422 Practicum in Organizational Ethics OR
  • BEHL 492 Master's Research Capstone*

*= Required Course

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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.


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.”


Ask us about our academic merit-based, partial tuition scholarships for newly admitted master's degree program students. Be sure to check the financial aid box on your application to apply.

Key features of our online graduate degree programs in Healthcare Mission Leadership...

  • Accept only top caliber adult learners.
  • Taught by Loyola University Chicago faculty who are recognized scholars, active professionals, and dedicated to online education with decades of combined experience.
  • Combines the strengths of faculty located within a nationally-recognized medial school as well as an institute for ministry.
  • Draws on the resources and excellence of a major Catholic and Jesuit university.
  • Infused with the charism of Ignatian spirituality and its commitment to care for the whole person.
  • Committed to diversity and inclusivity.
  • Very high retention rate.

Accredited and ranked...

Flexible distance learning program...

  • Convenient, reliable and rigorous distance education for working professionals.
  • Our master's degree and certificate programs can be completed entirely online.
  • Our optional blended courses courses offer face to face interaction with fellow students and faculty.  (Only 2-3 days on campus required.)

Participation in the professional discourse...

  • Our students, graduates and faculty routinely publish their work and present at national meetings.
  • Loyola University Chicago is a proud member of the Catholic Health Association.
  • Members of Loyola's Healthcare Mission Leadership Advisory Council hail from leading Catholic health systems.

For more information on our online Healthcare Mission Leadership graduate programs, please REQUEST INFORMATION.  We invite you register for our next online open house webinar.