In 2014, School of Continuing and Professional Studies celebrates the centennial anniversary of adult education at Loyola University Chicago. Loyola University Chicago has maintained a long practice of supporting the educational goals of adult and other "non-traditional" students. Over the last 100 years, these academic undergraduate programs have been housed in discrete Schools within the institution. Adult students were first welcomed to Loyola in the School of Sociology (1914-1927), founded by Frederic Siedenburg, S.J.; this School then became known as the Downtown College (1927-1936). University College (1936-1991) continued the institution's commitment to adult students.
In 1991, when Loyola acquired Mundelein College, University College was renamed "Mundelein College of Loyola University" (1991-2003). Significantly, Mundelein had become well known for its innovations in adult learning, having created the first "Weekend College for Women" in the country.
Under the leadership of President Michael Garanzini, S.J., a renewed commitment emerged to meet the needs of non-traditional students, and the University relocated its adult evening programs to the School of Professional Studies (2003-2006).
In 2006, the School modified its name to the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), inserting "continuing education" as a term broadly recognized to signify a place of learning for those outside of the traditional scope. SCPS now offers undergraduate degree programs, certificate programs, and two non-credit programs: one for called The Certificate in Strategic Leadership, a certificate for women that provides management techniques for women who desire to grow as leaders in their workplace and a second, a program for professional development and lifelong learning called Continuum.
SCPS continues a long tradition of unwavering support for working adults who wish to advance their education. Loyola University Chicago has fulfilled its mission of educational outreach and inclusiveness by offering a wide range of educational options to a diverse community of students and professionals and the School continues in the Jesuit tradition by providing application-oriented programs and certificates that prepare working professionals for today's dynamic workplace. At the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, we prepare people to lead extraordinary lives.
WHO WE ARE
Who are we? Bachelor's degree candidates, life-long learners, career development seekers—Continuing and Professional Studies comprises all of these, and more. This is the school to explore your interests, improve your skills, or achieve your goal of obtaining your bachelor's degree.
Loyola University Chicago's School of Continuing and Professional Studies has developed several adult degree programs that respond to the needs of today’s students and employers. Visit us or request more information now about Loyola’s continuing education programs.