The Graduate School


Welcome to the Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago. I encourage you to explore the many ways graduate education at Loyola will challenge and energize you as you continue your professional development.

Loyola offers a wide array of opportunities in traditionally defined disciplines, as well as in interdisciplinary programs. Approximately 1,500 graduate students are enrolled in 27 Ph.D. programs, 37 master's programs, 7 dual degree programs, a professional doctorate, and over 16 accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs. Our students work with more than 600 graduate faculty members. As you'll soon discover, we are a unique community of scholars, researchers and students united in our commitment to the discovery and application of knowledge. Loyola upholds the Jesuit ideal of knowledge in the service of humanity. Linking theory to practice, we encourage our students to use their intellectual talents to improve the lives of others and meet the needs of their society.

At Loyola, we prepare people to lead extraordinary lives. We encourage our students to be agents of change who lead by example and exhibit a compassion for others. We thank you for your interest, and we invite you to take this opportunity to learn more about us.

Patricia Mooney-Melvin, PhD
Interim Dean


New Graduate Student Checklist

New admits can refer to the checklist for finalizing all the steps to becoming a new graduate student at Loyola.

Graduate School Orientation

During the Graduate School New Student Orientation, you will learn more about campus resources and have the opportunity to meet your peers in the incoming class. At the orientation, you will meet the Graduate School staff and hear from some key departmental offices that can support your scholarly activity and research. It also is an opportunity to meet graduate students from other disciplines. Save the date and we look forward to welcoming you to Loyola University Chicago!

In addition to the Graduate School orientation, your graduate program will host an orientation specifically geared to your program. You will meet faculty, administrative staff and other graduate students in your program. A list of graduate program orientations will be sent to you and posted on the orientation website. The Division of Student Development also hosts a welcome event called the Graduate, Professional, and Adult Student Resource Orientation, which provides a general overview of the offices and services available to graduate students. The GPA Resource Orientation will be held in late August prior to the start of classes.

Graduate Student Groups

Our graduate students are engaged scholars by actively participating in graduate student organizations and campus wide service projects. Discover which graduate student group you would like to join or start a special interest group of your own.

News & Events

The Graduate School plans professional development functions and social activities throughout the year. We also celebrate the accomplishments of our graduate students, faculty, and staff. These news stories and events can be found in several outlets.

Key Dates & Deadlines

The Key Dates & Deadlines calendar keeps you current with dates that govern your graduate career. These dates include registration, withdrawal, format check, and degree conferral, just to name a few.

The Graduate School Social Media

The Graduate School website is your "go to" site for academic policies, resources, forms and announcements. Make it a habit to visit the site regularly. Also, we have a Facebook page,  We encourage you to join and learn more about our community.

Financial Education

Learn about budgeting for Graduate School and beyond on our website

Graduate Program Directors

Each Graduate School student has a faculty advisor and a Graduate Program Director (GPD) in his or her selected program or department (in some cases, these may be the same person). The GPD is your program's central source of basic information about The Graduate School's procedures, forms, policies and services.

University Libraries

Universities Libraries offers a wide set of resources to support your research and teaching, from Interlibrary Loan and Subject Specialists to Audio Visual Services and Course Reserves. Visit the University Libraries website to discover more.