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Institute of Pastoral Studies

Application Process

We accept applications on a rolling basis, and we invite you to apply now to any of our terms (Fall, Spring, or Summer).

After we have received all required application materials, please allow a minimum of two weeks for an admission decision. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Please review the general information and requirements detailed below prior to submitting your application.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application Form
    We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60611 
  • Official Transcripts 
    Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record. 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may choose to mail them to: 

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60611 

    We ask that you submit only two letters, no more, no less. Recommenders may be academic or professional in nature. 
  • A Personal Statement

    Your statement should be approximately 6 double-spaced pages and respond to the topics below. Non-degree applicants need only submit a brief statement describing the reasons for taking courses at the Institute for Pastoral Studies.

    A.     Write a brief autobiographical essay, focusing on key themes in your personal development to date. Be sure to include details about:

    • your educational background,
    • your career experience,
    • persons and events that have been major influences on you,
    • ministerial/volunteer/advocacy experiences that have most impacted you, and
    • your learning style.

    B.  Based on these personal and professional factors, please discuss your decision to pursue a graduate degree.  Please address the following questions:

    • Why the particular degree for which you have applied? 
    • Why the IPS?
    • Why now?
    • What contemporary issues in your proposed field of study do you see as most pressing?
    • Upon completion of the program, in what professional context and with which persons/clients/populations do you see yourself ministering or working?
    • How do you envision your IPS coursework fitting with your other work/life obligations?  Do you intend to pursue your degree full-time or part-time?
    • If your degree program is offered entirely or partly online, do you intend to pursue your degree on-campus, online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses?

    FOR DUAL DEGREE MDiv/MSW and MSW/MASJ APPLICANTS ONLY

    Applicants to the Divinity/Social Work program or to the Social Work/Social Justice program should address the questions posed by IPS as well as the following questions by the School of Social Work. Please be sure to answer both sections below:

    A.     Please describe what a career in social work means to you. Touch on specific populations, environments, an area of practice, research, policy, or programming that interests you. How will a Social Work education prepare you for work in this field? Limit to 500 words.

    B.     Please write about your decision to pursue a degree in social work now. Reflect on personal and professional factors, your timing of deciding to pursue graduate school, financial considerations, and work/life obligations. Limit 500 words.

  • Application Fee
    A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.

Applicants may be required to submit additional materials:

  • Language Test Requirement
    An official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. For the TOEFL, a score of at least 79 on the Internet-based or 550 on the written-based test is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive test scores directly from the testing service.

    This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree program and those who are citizens of or have completed a bachelor's degree at a recognized institution at which the language of instruction is English in these countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • Transcript Evaluation
    Applicants who completed post-secondary education abroad are required to submit all non-U.S. transcripts to an evaluation service for an evaluation of academic credentials. The evaluation report must show that your non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission. 

    Loyola accepts evaluations from two companies: Educational Perspectives and Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). We recommend that applicants who attended seminaries or similar religious institutions use Educational Perspectives. Applicants who attended non-religious institutions may use either company. 

    The evaluation is waived for applicants who have completed a master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution. 

    1. Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
        www.ece.org
        414.289.3400

        Please request a General Evaluation with Grade Average.

    2. Educational Perspectives
        www.edperspectives.org
        312.421.9300

        Please request a General Evaluation. You may apply online or print and submit this  form directly to Educational Perspectives: EP Application

    Official reports should be sent to : 

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management 
    820 N. Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive the report directly. Applicants currently enrolled in a program should not request the evaluation until the last term of enrollment, or until after graduation. If an evaluation is requested prior to the last term of enrollment, the equivalency of a U.S. bachelor's degree cannot be established or verified. 

For more information, please visit the International Admission Website.

IPS is an appropriate setting for individuals who wish to study but may not wish to purse a master's degree in ministry. Some people may already have one or more master's degrees in other fields; others may wish to "test the waters" and experience graduate study in ministry before committing to a degree program. Non-degree students have all the privileges of degree-seeking students, participate fully in the courses and other programs, receive grades for their work, and have access to the libraries and other University facilities. Non-degree students who apply and are admitted to a degree program in IPS may apply nine credit hours (three courses) taken as a non-degree student toward their degree.

Non-degree applicants must submit:

  • A Completed Application
    We prefer that you submit your application online. You may download and application form and mail a completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60611 
     
  • Official Transcripts
    Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record. 
  • Personal Statement 
    Your statement should be 1 - 2 double-spaced pages and should address how graduate studies at IPS will help further your vocational, professional, and/or ministerial goals. 

An applicant should submit a reapplication if he/she:

  • Was admitted to Loyola and wishes to defer enrollment.
  • Was admitted to Loyola during the last two years but did not enroll.
  • Applied to Loyola within the last two years, but had an incomplete file.
  • Is currently enrolled as a non-degree-seeking student and wishes to apply for a certificate 
    or degree program.
  • Wants to change programs within the University.
  • Wants to reapply to the program from which he/she withdrew.
  • Is returning from an approved leave of absence.
  • Stopped attending Loyola and wants to return.
  • Graduated from Loyola and wants to return as a non-degree-seeking student.
  • Was denied admission to Loyola during the last two years and wants to apply again.

If any of these circumstances apply to you, please complete the reapplication form and return it (along with a statement of purpose, if necessary) to Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management.

For questions about the status of your application, please contact Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management. The majority of your application materials may be submitted through the online application. Additional supporting materials, such as official transcripts, should be sent to:

Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 312.915.8950
E-mail:GradApp@luc.edu

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