Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

FAQs

We’re excited that you have decided to apply! You can apply here.

Eventually, you will need to submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose (there are questions to prompt your thoughts on the application)
  • A resume
  • A writing sample of at least 1000 words. The sample can be an academic paper, to something you’ve written for work, to an article, press release or creative brief
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from academia)
  • Official transcripts from all universities you attended as an undergraduate. 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.

We accept about 18 students for each Fall cohort. 

The GRE is not required for this program.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

For Fall 2018 consideration, students are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible. 

Students are typically notified within three weeks of submitting their application. Students are encouraged to follow up with the Program Director, Richelle Rogers (rrogers2@luc.edu) for more information.

For more information regarding tuition, please visit:

http://www.luc.edu/bursar/current/graduate_comm.shtml.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance: http://www.luc.edu/finaid

can answer questions about financial aid policies and procedures, as well as provide important information on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): https://fafsa.ed.gov/


In addition, various institutional and donor-funded scholarships along with external scholarship opportunities are available throughout the year. To apply for these opportunities, please visit LUC Scholarship Connect:

https://luc.academicworks.com


Occasionally, we offer paid hourly positions for graduate students.‚Äč

 

You can live on campus if you choose. Graduate students live in Baumhart Hall. http://www.luc.edu/reslife/halls/baumhart/

The department of off campus student life can direct you to additional resources http://www.luc.edu/offcampus/

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.

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)

www.ece.org

Phone: 414.289.3400

Please request a General Evaluation with Grade Average.

Educational Perspectives

www.edperspectives.org

Phone: 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 issues related to visas, travel, and other laws, please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars.  

All 400 level graduate courses are held between 7-9:30pm. Electives are held at all times of the day, but there will always be 7-9:30pm course available to students.

Full time students take three classes per semester and complete the program within two years.

Part time students take two classes per semester and have up to three years to complete the program.

There are some summer class options available that can help you complete the program sooner.

Please contact the Program Director, Richelle Rogers, rrogers2@luc.edu