- How do I know which program is right for me?
The choice of program depends on your career plans. Students who are uncertain about long-term career plans are encouraged to speak with a member of the program faculty or the Enrollment Advisor prior to submitting an application.
- Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply?
We recommended applicants have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for all graduate programs. However, if you do not meet the GPA recommendation or have concerns about your previous academic record, you may apply and complete the academic explanation essay as a qualitative supplement to your transcripts. This brief explanation only needs to be 1-2 paragraphs long, detailing the factors contributing to your previous academic performance.
- Are there any prerequisites for pursuing graduate studies?
Some programs do have prerequisites. To confirm whether your program of interest requires any special requirements or prerequisites, visit the program page under Academics.
- Am I required to take any tests when I apply?
- Where can I find a list of the application deadlines?
Each program has a different application deadline. Be sure to check our Application Process page to find the application deadline for your particular program.
- May I take a few classes as a non-degree-seeking student before applying to a degree program?
Students applying as a non-degree student, and if admitted, can apply up to 6 hours or 2 courses toward a degree program. For more information, review our non-degree application process page. Students who are admitted and enroll on a non-degree basis are not eligible for financial aid and are not guaranteed admission to a degree-seeking program should they choose to apply.
- Can I visit Loyola and the School of Education?
We encourage interested students to attend an open house, attend an information session, or schedule an individual appointment with our Enrollment Advisor. To learn more about these options, please review our Visit Us page.
- How do I get more information about your program?
Please complete this form to receive information about our graduate Education programs.
- When and where are courses offered?
School of Education courses are offered mainly at the Water Tower Campus. To accommodate the majority of our students who are full-time professionals in educational settings, courses are offered weekdays in the afternoons and evenings.
- When can I expect an admission decision?
For Master’s programs that only admit once a year and all doctoratal programs applications will be reviewed after the application deadline, not before. Applications will be processed shortly thereafter and admission notification will go out within 6-8 weeks. For most Master’s programs that admit on a rolling basis, meaning they admit more than once a year, admission notification will go out within 6-8 weeks of the university having received a completed application. There are some exceptions to this process. You may contact Mariana Sanabria at firstname.lastname@example.org for the status of your application.
Application Form & Process
- Is there an application fee?
If you complete the online application, the application fee is waived. If you submit a paper application, you must submit a $50 application fee. Paper applications cannot be sent to you, they are accessible for download from the website. Your check should be made payable to Loyola University Chicago and sent to:
Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
Chicago, IL 60611
- Do I have to complete my application all at once?
By applying online, you can save your information and log in later with a username and password. Once all sections are complete, click "Submit" and the application will be immediately sent to the processing office. You also may return to the application after submission to upload additional documents.
- May I apply to more than one program on one application?
Yes, but you may be required to submit separate applications. You should contact Meredith Bryant at 312.915.8907 with your questions.
- Should I list all schools I attended on the application?
Applicants should list in chronological order all academic work attempted or completed, including professional schools. You must request official transcripts for all schools attended. If you neglect to list all institutions where you took courses for credit it is considered academic fraud. If you audited a class or took a class for no credit, it is not necessary to list that institution.
- If I have had a change of name do I need to share this on the application?
Yes, if you were known by a different name at some point, note that name in the appropriate place on the application.
- What is considered an "official transcript"?
Official university/college transcripts bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar are required for all previous post-secondary education. Certified copies are acceptable; photocopies are not.
- I'm an international applicant. Do I need to have official transcripts sent as a part of my application?
Yes, official transcripts are required for international applicants, even if the transcripts are not written in English. International applicants are also required to complete an evaluation through Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). This process verifies whether the degree earned is the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree.
- Should my letters of recommendation be professional or academic?
The letters of recommendation may be professional or academic. You should ask three people who can speak to why you are a good candidate for the program to which you have applied and/or have traits that would make you a valuable professional in the field.
- How long should my statement of purpose be?
The statement of purpose needs to be clear and thorough, yet concise. The length of the essay should only be 1-3 pages, double-spaced.
- How do you consider the scores if I take the exam more than once?
If you take the exam more than once, we consider your highest composite score.
Tuition and Financial Aid
- What are the tuition costs for the School of Education?
Information about tuition and fees can be found on the Bursar’s Web site.
- Is financial assistance available for non-United States citizens?
Any student admitted to Education can be considered for various awards. For a full listing of opportunities visit our Financial Assistance page. Admitted international students can work with the Office of Financial Assistance to secure a private loan, which will require a co-signer.
- What funding opportunities are available to students enrolled in the School of Education?
For more information about funding your graduate education, see the Financial Assistance web site.
- How can I learn more about the financial aid process?
We recommend that you visit the Graduate Financial Aid page.