Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Fast Facts

Nationally-Ranked Graduate Programs

Loyola University Chicago features nationally ranked graduate programs in Biological Sciences, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, English, Education, Nursing, Public History, Philosophy, Social Work, and Sociology.

The Graduate School offers several nationally recognized biomedical sciences programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bioethics and Health Policy, Cell and Molecular Physiology, Integrative Cell Biology, Medical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Neuroscience. Additional research opportunities exist in interdisciplinary institutes and a state-of-the-art Center for Translational Research and Education.

Awards and Recognition

The Graduate School recently received awards for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education from the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools and the Council of Graduate Schools.

The Graduate School was one of five institutions selected nationwide to participate in pilot study on STEM Master’s Completion and Attrition (funded by the Alfred Sloan Foundation). It was also among five private institutions selected to participate in an NSF/CGS study on Doctoral Initiative for Minority Attrition and Completion, and among three private institutions invited to participate in a TIAA-CREF/CGS study on Enhancing Financial Education.


The Graduate School serves more than 1,900 graduate students enrolled in 54 masters, dual-degree, and accelerated bachelors-masters degree programs as well as 24 PhD programs. Graduate School students represent a diverse international student body, representing more than 50 countries.

External Funding

During academic year 2012-2013, Graduate School faculty submitted $76 million worth of funding requests to Federal agencies and private foundations such as: the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, National Endowment for the Humanities, Arthur Foundation, Arthur. J. Schmitt Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Helen Brach Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Spencer Foundation and William T. Grant Foundation.


More than 12,000 Loyola Graduate School alumni including 7000 living in Illinois, 4800 living in other states, and over 300 living abroad. The Loyola Alumni Association helps keep alumni connected through clubs, service projects, and social networking sites.

Some Alumnae of Note

  • Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. received his MA from Loyola University in 2002. Currently, Dr. Andrade is the President of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute. He is a Presidential Medal recipient, honored by President Bill Clinton for “the performance of exemplary deeds of service for the nation.” He has been recognized three times as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America.
  • Dr. Marsha M. Linehan received her BS (1968), MA (1970) and PhD (1970) from the Clinical Psychology program. She is currently a professor of psychology, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Linehan is the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is used worldwide for the treatment of suicidal behaviors, borderline personality disorder, and other severe and complex mental disorders including eating disorders, drug addiction, and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Dr. Linehan has received several awards including the Louis I. Dublin Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Suicide, the Distinguished Research in Suicide Award, the creation of the Marsha Linehan Award for Outstanding Research in the Treatment of Suicidal Behavior established by the American Association of Suicidology, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, the award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology, and awards for Distinguished Contributions to the Practice of Psychology and Distinguished Contributions for Clinical Activities.
  • Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall received her PhD from Loyola in 1985 and is the Founding President and President Emerita of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. She is internationally recognized as a pioneer and innovative leader and teacher and an inspiriting speaker and writer on leadership, learning and schooling, mathematics and science education, talent development, and the design of generative and life-affirming.


Loyola's Centers and Institutes of Excellence serve as vehicles to foster interdisciplinary work among graduate programs, advance cutting-edge research, promote global awareness, and address societal concerns.

Professional Development

Travel awards are provided for graduate students to present research papers at regional, national, and international conferences.

A Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp is offered to help students navigate any complexities associated with dissertation/thesis writing.

A Teaching Effectiveness Seminar is designed to deepen students' teaching experiences, expand their pedagogical repertoire, and provide professional support.

A series of professional development workshops are offered to broaden the graduate student experience, address academic policies and assist with career development and planning.


The Research Mentoring Program (RMP) pairs graduate and undergraduate students with similar research interests. Undergraduate students serve as research assistant to graduate students working on their dissertation research.

The Research Experience for Master’s Students, provides opportunities for master’s students with little or no research experience to learn more about research methods and design

Responsible Conduct In Research and Scholarship. Loyola University Chicago is committed to ensuring that all its faculty and students have the opportunity to be properly trained in the ethical and responsible conduct of research and scholarly integrity and are held to the highest possible ethical standards.