Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


MEd in Higher Education

Completion of this MEd degree requires 36 semester hours, an internship, and completion of a final electronic portfolio.

Core Courses (24 semester hours)
Students must earn a B- or better in these core courses to fulfill the degree requirements. Students may only repeat a core course once. If a grade of B- is not earned, the student will be dismissed from the program. Note: Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in good standing.

  • RMTD 400: Research Methods
  • ELPS 419: Leadership in Higher Education
  • ELPS 427: American Higher Education
  • ELPS 431: Evaluation in Higher Education
  • ELPS 432: Multiculturalism for Social Justice in Higher Education
  • ELPS 433: Student Development in Higher Education 
  • ELPS 459: Organization and Governance in Higher Education
  • ELPS 527: Internship in Higher Education

Elective Courses (12 semester hours) Choose from:

  • ELPS 425: Student Affairs Profession in Higher Education
  • ELPS 429: Critical Social Theory
  • ELPS 429: Advanced Student Development Theory
  • ELPS 430: Curriculum in Higher Education
  • ELPS 434: The American College Student
  • ELPS 435: Enrollment Management in Higher Education
  • ELPS 453: Legal Aspects of Higher Education
  • ELPS 454: Budgeting and Finance in Higher Education 
  • ELPS 527: Internship in Higher Education (second required internship only if student has no prior supervised, full-time experience in the field or does not obtain this experience while in the program - e.g., graduate assistantship, full-time position in the field)
  • ELPS 527: Teaching Internship (opportunity to serve as the teaching assistant for courses in the undergraduate minor in Leadership Studies)

Note: Other elective courses available

Length of the Program: Full-time students can finish in two years. Part-time students take three to six semester hours (one or two classes) per semester and can complete the program in three years or less with summer school enrollment. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.

Continuous Enrollments: Master's students in higher education are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean.

Comprehensive Assessment: Comprehensive electronic portfolio is required. Instructions

As part of your completion of the master's degree, you will be asked to maintain and submit a portfolio of your best work completed at Loyola University Chicago. To help facilitate your portfolio, we use a system called ePortfolio. ePortfolio is software that gives you access to easily organize your portfolio, upload papers and presentations, and request feedback. After you complete the portfolio for the program, you can then turn it into a website to highlight your professional identity for potential employers and colleagues.

Comprehensive ePortfolio applications are due: 

  • August 1 for December degree conferral
  • October 1 for May/August degree conferral

Degree Conferral: While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

  • August 1 for December conferral
  • December 1 for May conferral
  • February 1 for August conferral*

*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the proceeding May Commencement.

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.

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