Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


PhD in Higher Education

Fall Application Deadline: January 1

A Completed Application Form
You may submit your application form online

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.

Transcripts must show an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 and a graduate GPA of 3.25 or better. In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 may be admitted. Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, GRE scores, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as to the diversity of the student body.

Three 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.
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611

We ask that you submit only three letters, no more, no less. Recommenders must include at least one from a graduate faculty member.

A Personal Statement
Your statement should be 1-3 pages, and you should describe your:

  • Academic and research interests, as well as your professional goals;
  • Life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice.

The admissions committee may request an interview. Interviews are by invitation only. 

If invited to interview, a research paper is required to be submitted as part of the admission process. This requirement is intended to provide the faculty with critical information on one’s ability to frame, research, analyze, and offer a persuasive written account on a current higher education issue of one’s own choosing. Faculty selection of interviewees is made around mid-January. If invited to campus, (1) an email will be sent with specific instructions about the structure and focus of the paper (2) with two weeks to write and electronically submit the research paper.