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Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


M.Ed. in Higher Education

Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 36
Practicum: Required
Comprehensive: Electronic Portfolio
Thesis: None

Length of the Program: Full-time students can finish in 2 years or less. Part-time students take 3 to 6 semester hours (one or two classes) per semester and can complete the program in 3 years or less with summer school enrollment. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program (See SOE Policy: Time Limit for Degree Completion‌)

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. (See SOE Policy: Academic Standing - Continuous Enrollment)

A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean.

Curriculum Plan: Completion of this M.Ed. degree requires 36 semester hours 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. (See SOE Policy: Academic Standing - Grade Point Average‌.) 

Elective Courses (12 semester hours) Choose from:

Note: Other elective courses available

Comprehensive Assessment
Comprehensive electronic portfolio is required. 
Instructions with Due Dates for students who matriculated before Fall 2012
Portfolio instructions for students who matriculated Fall 2012 or later 
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. You will also present to a self-chosen committee about your experience and reflect on your growth during the program. To help facilitate your portfolio, we have begun using a system called ePortfolio (www.luc.edu/eportfolio). ePortfolio is a piece of software that is web based and gives you access to easily organize your portfolio, upload papers and presentations, and request feedback. You will be able to access ePortfolio from any internet-connected computer to develop your portfolio. 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: 

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:

*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.


School of Education
820 N. Michigan Ave., Lewis Towers 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
312.915.6800 · SchlEduc@luc.edu

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