Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


MA in Cultural & Educational Policy Studies

Completion of the MA degree program requires 24 semester hours, a thesis and an oral defense of the thesis.

Research Methods Course (3 semester hours)

  • RMTD 400 Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Foundation Courses (6 semester hours)

Choose two from the following outside major area:

  • ELPS 410 Sociological Foundations
  • ELPS 420 Philosophy of Education
  • ELPS 444 American Schooling and Social Policy
  • ELPS 455 Comparative Education
  • ELPS 446 Historical Foundations of Western Education*

* Available as a foundation option for those admitted prior to Spring 2008.

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.  M.A. students are strongly encouraged to take at least one additional research methodology course that will prepare them to design and conduct their thesis study.

Length of the Program: For full time students taking three courses in the Fall and three in the Spring the required coursework can be completed in three semesters.  While the completion of the thesis depends both on the research project and the diligence of the student, the standard time to completion is two years.

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. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must do one of the following:

  • Enroll in one of the following: At least one course OR ELPS 605: Master's Studies OR ELPS 595: Thesis Supervision
  • A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the Graduate School's Associate Dean.

Thesis and Oral Defense: Students select a topic with their academic advisor for a culminating research paper/project.‌ See the program handbook for thesis guidelines.

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:

  • August 1 for December conferral
  • December 1 for May conferral
  • February 1 for August conferral*

*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.

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