Loyola University Chicago

- Navigation -

Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


M.A. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies


Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 24
Practicum: None
Comprehensive: None
Thesis: Required

Length of the Program: Assuming that a student enrolls in two courses each term and also in the summer, the coursework for the program can be completed in one-and-a-half years. The completion of the thesis depends both on the topic and the diligence of the student.  Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.  (See GA&S Policy: Time Limit for Completion of Degree Requirements)

Curriculum Plan: Completion of the M.A. degree program requires 24 semester hours, a thesis and an oral defense of the thesis.

Continuous Enrollments
Master's students in cultural and educational policy studies are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. (See GA&S Policy: Academic Standing - Continuous Registration) This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must do one of the following:

Responsible conduct in research and scholarship

Research Methods Course (3 semester hours)

Foundation Courses (6 semester hours)

Choose two from the following outside major area:

Major Area (9 semester hours)
Students should consult with their academic advisor for course selection in one of the following areas: Comparative and International Education, History of Education, Sociology of Education, or Philosophy of Education.

Elective (6 semester hours)
In consultation with an advisor, the student chooses two elective courses.

Thesis and Oral Defense
Students select a topic with their academic advisor for a culminating research paper/project.

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

Notice of Non-discriminatory Policy