- What graduate and certificate programs does Loyola offer through IPS?
- Is this program accredited?
Yes. All Loyola degree programs are accredited through North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
- Who may apply?
To apply to IPS, an applicant must have (at minimum) completed a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in any area of study.
- Is the GRE required for admission to IPS?
IPS does not require any standardized test scores. However, international students may be required to take the TOEFL.
- Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply to IPS?
No. However, if you have concerns about your previous academic record, IPS encourages you to apply and to complete the Academic Explanation essay as a qualitative supplement to your transcripts. This brief explanation should be 1 - 2 paragraphs long, detailing the factors contributing to your previous academic performance.
- Are there any prerequisites for pursuing graduate studies at IPS?
Each of the six master's degrees and four post-graduate certificate programs have different sets of criteria. Contact the IPS Enrollment Advisor for more information.
- What are the admission requirements for students educated outside the United States?
Students educated outside the United States must meet the same requirements as all IPS applicants. This means that they must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. To determine equivalency, you must submit your transcripts for review. You may also be required to take the TOEFL.
- What is the minimum TOEFL requirement?
The minimum TOEFL score required for admission candidates is 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based).
- Does IPS offer courses for persons on sabbatical?
Yes. IPS welcomes interested persons for Sabbatical time, whether it is for spiritual nourishment or intellectual stimulation.
- Does IPS offer any distance learning or online classes?
Yes. IPS offers two degree programs entirely online: the MA in Pastoral Studies and the MA in Spirituality with a concentration in Contemporary Spirtuality. If students are not interested in completing an entire program, they can enroll as a non-degree seeking student and take our online classes for continuing education, sabbatical opportunities, and/or personal renewal and development. Our online course offerings are updated each semester.
- What non-credit or workshops offerings are offered through IPS?
If you would like to sit in on a class without fulfilling the requirements for credit, you can register as a workshop participant. To register, contact IPS directly. As not all courses are available to workshop participants, the instructor will need to approve this request.
- May I take a few classes as a non-degree-seeking student before applying to a degree program?
Yes. You may apply as a non-degree seeking student. This means you take courses while not pursuing a specific degree. However, non-degree applicants need to meet certain criteria and must submit a completed application form. Although non-degree seeking students may take an unlimited number of courses, no more than nine credit hours from those classes may be counted toward a degree program to which the student may be admitted later.
- Can I visit Loyola and IPS?
We encourage interested students to attend an open house, schedule an individual appointment with our Enrollment Advisor, or attend a class. To learn more about these options, please review our Visit Us page.
- How do I get more information about your program?
Please complete this form to receive information about IPS programs.
- What is the application deadline?
IPS has a rolling admission process and accepts new student each term: fall, spring, and summer. IPS strongly recommends submitting materials for admission at least one month prior to the start of a term to ensure time to process the application.
- Is there an application fee?
If you apply online, no application fee is required. Applicants who submit a paper application must submit a $50 application fee.
- Do I have to complete my application form all at once?
By applying online, you can save your information and log in later with a username and password. Once all sections are complete, click "Submit" and the application will be immediately sent to the processing office. You also may return to the application after submission to upload additional documents.
- Do I need to indicate the specific program to which I am applying?
Yes, you must identify a program (or select the non-degree option) and a term of entry to apply to IPS.
- May I apply to more than one program at a time?
Yes, but you must submit a separate application for each program you wish to apply to.
- If I have had a change of name, do I need to share that in my application?
Yes. If you were known by a different name at another institution, note that name in the appropriate place on the application.
- Will the online application system automatically check my application for correct spelling and grammar?
No! Please be mindful if you are pasting anything into the online application, as sometimes it will automatically insert unnecessary characters. Be sure to proofread!
- When can I expect an admission decision?
Once we have received all required application materials, we should reach a decision within 2 - 3 weeks.
- Do I have to submit all of my application materials at once?
You may submit your application materials all at once or piece by piece. When we receive documents, each piece is scanned into your electronic file so they are easy to track. Supporting materials may be sent to:
Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
- What counts as an official transcript?
Official university/college transcripts bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar are required for all previous post-secondary education. Certified copies are acceptable; photocopies are not.
- I'm an international applicant. Do I need to have official transcripts sent as a part of my application?
Yes! Official transcripts are required for international applicants, even if the transcripts are not written in English. International applicants are also required to complete a course-by-course evaluation through Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). This process verifies whether the degree earned is the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree. It also translates a U.S. GPA, which is a factor of the admissions decision.
- In addition to my undergraduate institution, I took classes for credit at another institution. Do I need to list that institution on my application?
You must list all institutions you have attended where you took courses for credit. If you audited a class, or took a class for no credit, it is not necessary to list that institution on your IPS application. If you neglect to list all institutions where you took courses for credit, that is considered academic fraud. Please be thorough and accurate when listing institutions.
- Who should write my letters of recommendation?
The letters of recommendation may be professional or academic in nature. You should choose people who can speak genuinely about why you are a good candidate for IPS.
- Is there a specific format required for the letter of recommendation?
No specific guidelines need to be followed, but the letter should be one page in length, detail the reasons why the recommender thinks you would be a good fit for IPS, and explain why (based on experiences shared with you) the recommender believes you will be an asset to our highly-interactive IPS classrooms.
- May I submit more than two letters of recommendation?
No, please do not submit more than two letters of recommendation. Only two letters will be read.
- How long should the personal statement be?
The statement should be approximately 5 - 6 double-spaced pages in length.
- What are the tuition costs for IPS?
Information about tuition and fees can be found on the Bursar Web site.
- What types of financial assistance are available?
- Are assistantships or internships available for graduate students?
Although scholarships and matching grants are available, IPS does not offer graduate assistantships. However, Loyola's Office of Campus Ministry is always seeking applicants for a two-year graduate assitantships. Graduate chaplains serve in a variety of capacities, from supervising peer ministers in the residence halls to working with retreats, Christian Life Communities and service learning trips, among other opportunities. For more information or to apply, please contact Director of Campus Ministry, Lisa Reiter at 773-274-3000 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Is financial assistance available for non-United States citizens?
Any student admitted to IPS can be considered for very limited scholarship awards. However, if an admitted student receives an offer, it will not cover the full tuition or cost of attending Loyola.
- How long will it take me to complete the degree?
Each of the six master's degrees has a different curriculum; therefore, completion of the program varies. Generally, full-time students carry a course load of three to four courses per semester. These students can typically complete any of 36-credit hour degree programs or the 42-credit degree in five semesters. Part-time (or half-time) students can take up to five years to complete the program. With 72-credit hours, the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree is the most comprehensive and longest program. Full-time M.Div. students take three to four years to complete this degree.
- What courses does IPS offer?
Typically, IPS offers core courses at least once a year. Elective courses are made available annually or every other year. To review the courses being offered by semester, visit the IPS Academics page.
- Do the M.A. degrees require a thesis?
Depending upon the degree program, an integration project or thesis may be required.
- When are IPS courses offered?
IPS courses are offered year-round. To meet the needs of working adults, IPS offers evening and weekend as well as daytime courses. True to its heritage, IPS continues to provide classes during the summer months. Class schedules are available online for some IPS degree programs.
- May I transfer any course credit into the degree or certificate programs at IPS?
Depending on the degree and the amount of previous study, students may transfer graduate credits up to one-third of the total credits necessary for the degree. Requests for transfer credit are reviewed on an individual basis by the Graduate Program Director.
- May I receive advanced standing for previous studies?
Similar to transfer credit, students may receive up to one-third of the total credits necessary for the degree. Requests for advanced standing are reviewed on an individual basis. To inquire about specific questions regarding advanced standing, contact the IPS Enrollment Advisor for the name of the appropriate faculty advisor.
- May I defer my admission once I have been accepted?
To defer, an admitted student should contact her/his faculty advisor stating the reason/s for the deferral and the term they wish to be begin their studies.
- Can you grant me a visa as an international student?
IPS collaborates with the Office for International Programs (OIP) regarding visas and other specific concerns. Visit the OIP Web site to learn about obtaining a visa, seeking employment while in the U.S., and more.
- What kind of employment can IPS graduates expect to find?
IPS graduates serve in many different fields. The arenas for employment are closely related to the degree program the student pursues. To learn more about employment opportunities typically available for our degree programs, contact IPS directly.
- Will Loyola University Chicago assist me in finding employment after completion of the program?
Loyola's Career Development Center is available to assist current IPS students and alumni with their careers.