Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Masters (No Thesis)

The Graduate School reviews applications for graduation three times a year; Fall, Spring, and Summer semester. Below are the application deadlines that correspond to each conferral term.
Students completing a coursework Master's should consult their advisor or Graduate Program Director to confirm all degree requirements are completed by their anticipated graduation term.

Conferral Term: Fall (December) Spring (May) Summer (August)
Deadline to Apply: August 1 December 1 February 1
Application. Students can apply for graduation through LOCUS.
Application status. Here's how you can verify the submission and status of your application.
Diploma name. Don't forget to submit an entry for your "Diploma Name". Click here to read more on the University's guidelines for significant changes made to a name.
Permanent address. Diplomas are delivered to the most recent entry a student has entered for their "Permanent Address". Be sure to update your permanent mailing address on LOCUS.
Commencement program. In recognition of their academic achievements, students attending Commencement will be profiled in Loyola University's Commencement Book. If you are attending the ceremony in May, we urge you to submit the following information on LOCUS: title of your thesis/dissertation, name of your thesis/dissertation director, and institution information for any prior degrees earned.


  • August Graduates: In order to be eligible to be able to attend the spring commencement ceremony, you must only have ONE remaining requirement.
  • If you apply to graduate and are unable to meet the deadlines or are unable to complete the degree requirements, you WILL NOT be automatically added into the next semester’s degree conferral. You must re-apply for the next semester’s graduation.
  • You will receive notice at the end of the semester as to whether or not you have completed all degree requirements. Please refrain from inquiring about the status of your application to receive a degree. If you do have any questions, please direct your questions to your program director.
  • Certification letter information: Please email Assistant Dean Heather Sevener if you require a certification letter for an employer including the employer’s name and address
*If you have already applied for graduation and need to change your expected grad term, please email gradschool@luc.edu. This request does not need to made before the above deadlines.*