About the Program

"LMU has a particularly strong reputation of theological education for ministry; our Diocese has been fortunate to have students in the graduate and continuing education programs of the University...by putting the completion of a college degree within reach for pastoral ministers, LMU will assist us to enhance the quality of pastoral ministry made available to God’s people in this Diocese."

 —The Most Rev. Gerald R. Barnes, Bishop of San Bernardino

In January 2018, the Center launched a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Completion Program in San Bernardino. Degree Completion means that the program is open to those who have completed the Associate of Arts degree (A.A.) or its equivalent, but have never completed a B.A. degree. Students that successfully finish the program will receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University.

Designed for individuals working in the Church or aspiring to such work, the program has an emphasis on pastoral ministry.  As students take varied courses such as Biblical theology, history of theology and others, a simultaneous focus will be maintained on the way the study of theology informs pastoral ministry.

Why LMU?

As a Catholic university guided by the Jesuit tradition, we are committed to providing an education that integrates academics with real-world experience, preparing students to take their places in the world as ethical, compassionate leaders, and innovators.

Supporting the Adult Learner

As part of , the Center for Religion and Spirituality is committed to high quality adult education that is accessible, regardless of distance and economic challenges. This degree completion program is no exception to this commitment, and has been developed especially for adult learners in LMU Extension.

  • Classes are taught by LMU faculty in San Bernardino on weeknights and weekends
  • A support system is in place to mentor students as they work toward completing their degrees
  • Tuition is affordable, and financial aid is available for those who qualify
  • LMU does not discriminate based on immigration status