Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Graduate Resources

Key Academic Policies Information

For information about many important issues, please go here.

For a list of Graduate School Key Dates and Deadlines, click here.

For even more specific information, especially about Incompletes, etc., download the Academic Policies form at the top: current version (8/23/2013)

Financial Resources

Please visit the links below to view tools and resources about personal finance and financial literacy geared specifically towards graduate students:



History Graduate Program Handbook

You will find much information about the program and your responsibilities in the Graduate Program Handbook. See information of all processes here.

Requirement Tracking Spreadsheets

Please ask the History Graduate Assistant or Director for a shared Advising Spreadsheet.  You need to constantly update this form with reference to your LOCUS course records so that you can be sure that all degree requirements are being completed. Place each completed course in the sheet according to the requirement it fulfills. You must also keep track of your Comprehensive Exams, Research Tools, RCRS compliance, etc., on this form. This will be shared with the GPD and your Advisor so that we can all make sure you are meeting requirements correctly. It will also be the basis for reports to the Graduate School about your progress, so you are REQUIRED to update it at the end of every semester.

Here are blank forms for each program category:

Requirement Form - PhD (With BA-in-Hand) Students
Requirement Form - PhD (With MA-in-Hand) Students
Requirement Form - Joint-Public PhD Students
Requirement Form - MA Students
Requirement Form - Public History MA Students
Requirement Form - Public History MA MLIS Students

Forms on GSPS

ATTENTION: Almost all of the Forms necessary for your progress are to be filled out in the Graduate School Database (GSPS)—https://gsps.luc.edu—and, are initiated by you. Some require faculty and GPD responses required by GSPS, but you start the process by logging in and following the GSPS directions. These include:

GSPS Log In Page

A few forms are still to be downloaded, filled out, signed electronically, and submitted to the Graduate Program Assistant via e-mail. We have tried to make this possible with the electronic PDF files, below. Simply download the desired PDF and fill it out electronically (the files MUST be downloaded first—they cannot be filled out in a browser's 'preview' window). They can then be signed using Adobe Reader X and Adobe Acrobat 8 or newer, if you have it. (See instructions for Reader, below.) If you have any other questions about filling out an electronic form, please send an email to the director.

Instructions for Completing and Signing Forms Using Reader:

  1. Obtain Adobe Reader X or newer, and install on your computer: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
  2. Download the necessary form below to your hard drive (don’t just open it in your browser).
  3. Open the form in Adobe Reader (or Acrobat if you have it).
  4. Fill in text boxes with required information.
  5. If a signature is necessary, DON’T CLICK “SIGN” at the top.  INSTEAD, click “EXTENDED” at the top far right.
  6. Under “Extended,” click “Sign Document.”
  7. Follow instructions to sign: select area around the Signature Box, then click.
  8. If this is the first time you have done this, you will need to create a signature ID. Do so and then click OK.
  9. Save the file with your name at the start or end of the original filename, and then return it as an email attachment to the Graduate Programs Assistant for further processing.

Field Examinations Instructions

Thesis and Dissertation Materials

Graduate Reading Lists

(Please see ALL written instructions regarding these in the Field Examination Instructions link above)