Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

General Information FAQs

The choice of program depends on your career plans. Students who are uncertain about long-term career plans are encouraged to speak with a member of the program faculty or the Enrollment Advisor prior to submitting an application.

We recommended applicants have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for all graduate programs. However, if you do not meet the GPA recommendation or have concerns about your previous academic record, you may apply and complete the academic explanation essay as a qualitative supplement to your transcripts. This brief explanation only needs to be 1-2 paragraphs long, detailing the factors contributing to your previous academic performance.

Some programs do have prerequisites. To confirm whether your program of interest requires any special requirements or prerequisites, visit the program page from the degree level tabs.

Most programs require some kind of testing. For more specific testing information, check each program's admission requirements.

International applicants must submit additional documentation. For more information, see international students.

Each program has a different application deadline. Be sure to check our Application Process page to find the application deadline for your particular program.

Students applying as a non-degree student, and if admitted, can apply up to 6 hours or 2 courses toward a degree program. For more information, review our non-degree application process page. Students who are admitted and enroll on a non-degree basis are not eligible for financial aid and are not guaranteed admission to a degree-seeking program should they choose to apply.

We encourage interested students to attend an open house, attend an information session, or schedule an individual appointment with our Enrollment Advisor. To learn more about these options, please review our Visit Us page.

Please complete this form to receive information about our graduate Education programs.

School of Education courses are offered mainly at the Water Tower Campus. To accommodate the majority of our students who are full-time professionals in educational settings, courses are offered weekdays in the afternoons and evenings.

For Master’s programs that only admit once a year and all doctoral programs applications will be reviewed after the application deadline, not before. Applications will be processed shortly thereafter and admission notification will go out within 6-8 weeks. For most Master’s programs that admit on a rolling basis, meaning they admit more than once a year, admission notification will go out within 6-8 weeks of the university having received a completed application. There are some exceptions to this process. You may contact our enrollment advisor at gradapp@luc.edu for the status of your application.