Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Step-By-Step Application Process

Students interested in applying to The Graduate School should review their program of interest for additional information on required application materials.

All applicants to The Graduate School submit:

  • A Completed Application Form

    Submit your application form online
  • Official Transcripts

    Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.         
  • Letters of Recommendation

    If you supply your recommender's e-mail address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may choose to mail them to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    Loyola University Chicago
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Most programs ask that you submit only three letters, no more, no less.  The recommenders page in the on-line application will indicate how many letters are required for your program. Recommenders may be academic or professional in nature.
  • A Statement of Purpose

    Please discuss your academic and research interests as well as your professional goals. Please note that departments may have a research paper requirement that needs to be completed in addition to this section. Applicants to the Clinical Psychology [link to page], Developmental Psychology [link to page], and Medical Sciences [link to page] programs should visit their program-specific page to review Statement of Purpose instructions for their programs.

    Applicants may submit the statement through the online application, e-mail it to gradapp@luc.edu, or mail it to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    Loyola University Chicago
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200
    Chicago, IL 60611 
  • Test Scores

    Please review your program’s requirements for information about standardized test submission. Most programs require the GRE general test. Some programs require submission of a subject test.
  • Language Test Requirement

    An official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. For the TOEFL, a score of at least 79 is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. For PTE, a minimum score of at least 53 is required. Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive test scores directly from the testing service.

    This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree program and those who are citizens of or have completed a bachelor's degree at a recognized institution at which the language of instruction is English in these countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

Transcript Evaluation

Applicants who completed post-secondary education abroad are required to submit non-U.S. transcripts to Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) for evaluation of credentials. The evaluation report must show that your non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission. You may use one of two services for this:

Educational Perspectives
Request the "General Report."

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
Request the "General Evaluation with Grade Average."

Please request that the evaluation be sent directly to Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management. We will receive an e-mail from the evaluator upon the completion of the evaluation and an online copy will be made available to us. You will not need to mail a separate copy.

Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive the report directly. Applicants currently enrolled in a program should not request the evaluation until the last term of enrollment, or until after graduation. If an evaluation is requested prior to the last term of enrollment, the equivalency of a U.S. bachelor's degree cannot be established or verified.

The evaluation is waived for applicants who have completed a master's degree from an accredited U.S. institution.

For more information, please visit our page for International Students.