Loyola University Chicago

Master's Degree in Catholic School Leadership

The MEd in Catholic School Leadership is intentionally designed to prepare candidates to meet the complex challenges of leading today’s Catholic schools.

Who Should Apply

Candidates who are interested in becoming a mission-driven, faith-based instructional leader within the Catholic school context


What Candidates Will Learn

Candidates will learn how to use mission and strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement and develop the skills to function as faith leaders of collaborative, capacity-building communities. The program places an emphasis on developing relationships, shared ideals, data driven action plans, and a strong Catholic culture – all factors that are critical for leaders in Catholic schools.

Mission is the life-blood of any Catholic organization, especially schools. An excellent Catholic school is guided by a clearly communicated mission that embraces a Catholic Identity rooted in Gospel values, centered on the Eucharist, and committed to faith formation, academic excellence and service. This program explores how mission must be central to leadership and how all activities must align with that mission. Candidates will explore transformation processes and outputs as they relate to the workings of educational leadership and school improvement. Candidates will also apply theoretical concepts and administrative strategies to their current work in schools.

Program Highlights

  • Catholic identity integral throughout coursework
  • Coaching component embedded from start to finish of program
  • Prepares candidates to be a faith leader as well as an instructional leader in their Catholic schools.
  • Cohort model allows for the development of community, which is at the heart of who we are as Church, and this community of learners becomes a future network of support for candidates as they enter the field of Catholic school leadership
  • Most of the courses (over 90%) are taught by experienced Catholic school leaders, giving the classes a perspective grounded in practicality and experience
  • The infusion of reflective practice throughout the program develops reflective Catholic school leaders
  • Aligned to the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools (NSBECS), Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), and National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards.

 Course Highlights

  • 12 courses (36 credit hours) lead to M.Ed. in Catholic School Leadership
  • A 1/3 mission scholarship from Loyola University Chicago will support Catholic School Leadership program candidates
  • Classes will be offered online, or in blended format. Each summer, candidates will attend an intensive, two-week course on Loyola’s Chicago campus.
  • Possibility of an optional two-week summer course at Loyola University’s Rome Campus to develop global leadership perspectives


Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and the appropriate teaching credentials from the state in which the candidate is working. 

Admission to this program is reserved for candidates outside the state of Illinois.

Expectations after Graduation

Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be highly effective Catholic school leaders, promoting the spiritual, academic and social-emotional growth of their students.  

Financial Aid

Begin the financial aid process by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

Learn more about the financial aid process at LUC.edu/education/financialaid

Application Information:      gpem.luc.edu/apply

Contact information 
For further information about the academic program, or to arrange a visit, please contact:

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Debbie Sullivan
Co-Director , Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education
P • 312.915.6885
E • dsullivan2@luc.edu


Scholarship Opportunities

Members of a Catholic educator cohort are eligible for a 1/3 tuition scholarship.  Additional scholarship opportunities are available after you have completed and submitted your application for admissions. 


Once your application is complete, please submit a letter of application addressing the following points: 

1) Identify any financial hardships that impact on your ability to attend the program to which you have applied.

2) Describe the other sources of financial support (use of title funds, support from foundations etc.) that you have sought to address the financial need.

To apply for additional scholarship support, please submit a letter via email addressing the two points indicated above to

Dr. Debbie Sullivan, Co-Director, dsullivan2@luc.edu


Requests for financial support are reviewed by the Greeley Scholarship Review team.  Letters of application will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all available funding is allocated.  Candidates are encouraged to apply early in order maximize the opportunity to receive funding.  

This scholarship is renewable for the duration of the program to which you have applied, dependent on continued availability of funds.  To be eligible for renewal of the scholarship, you must meet the following criteria: 

  1. Maintain status as a student in good standing with Loyola University Chicago
  2. Continue to make progress towards completion of the program to which you applied

As a condition of acceptance of the scholarship, you agree to maintain employment in a Catholic school over the next five years.


Loyola University Chicago is an equal opportunity educator/employer.


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