Welcome from Dean Pearson


American poet Mary Oliver asks: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

The community of passionate and caring adult students and faculty known as the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) at Loyola University Chicago answers that call each day, with an ongoing, amazing story of renewal. SCPS takes great pride in the way we support you in your growth.

The education we provide is respected in this community. Employers want independent, self-starting critical thinkers and lifelong learners who can solve problems and communicate well with others. You want a high-quality, career-relevant degree program delivered with flexibility and with an understanding of your busy life. While there are places where one can complete a degree more inexpensively, there is no other place in which this unique combination produces an education that is respected, well-adapted to your needs, and builds a personal relationship with faculty members and advisors who care deeply about you. It is also our hope to move you forward in your career through our connections with those in the business community.

A Loyola degree is not easily achieved. It is clear that our students are challenged to do their best and take pride in this accomplishment. This achievement is all the more remarkable given the range of backgrounds that our students bring to the classroom. In each class you will find working adults whose rising career requires a degree as well as people who have gone through a major transition in their life. Each diverse class is united by a passion for an active style of learning that is about synthesizing and applying, not just memorizing. This distinctive model of education for working adults produces extraordinary results and highly satisfied graduates.

Our values call us to prepare a better world through our work with you. At Loyola University Chicago we’re called to respect each student and to call forth the inherent goodness in each. This is a place in which you’ll find encouragement to seek justice and be engaged in your community. We start with you where you are and help you to build your knowledge and skills from that place. In SCPS we treasure the quality of the personal relationship between dedicated teachers and devoted individual adult students. Our focus on adaptability and innovation to meet the education needs of working adults has led to our successes.

As your Dean, I’ll add one endorsement. You can do this—though it might seem somehow out of reach. To paraphrase from a novel, “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” Welcome change. I can think of no better investment.


Walter S. Pearson, PhD

Dean, School of Continuing and Professional Studies