Loyola University Chicago

JVC Magis

Frequently Asked Questions

College graduates who have completed at least one year of the JVC program an apply to the JVC Magis Program. For more detailed information on program admission requirements, see the program application.

Social Work, Divinity, Spirituality, Pastoral Studies, Social Justice. Dual degree programs are not offered through JVC Magis. To find about more about program selection see the History section of the handbook. 

Yes, JVC Magis welcomes graduates of schools other than Loyola.

One of the values of JVC Magis is community life. Community is a source of professional support, personal growth, and shared faith. Therefore, all JVC Magis volunteers are required to live in community.

JVC Magis applicants interview for part time, paid positions, with partner Catholic agencies located in the city of Chicago. 

Participants usually take six credit hours per semester. (Those students in the social work and divinity program consistently take more than six credit hours per semester. Students in these degree programs will be in the JVC Magis program for three years). More than six hours per semester can be taken if necessary and if permission is granted by the director. For specific graduate program information please visit that programs webpage. 

Participants receive several benefits, both tangible and intangible.

Each JVC Magis participant receives a part time salary, from their employer, to cover living expenses, such as rent and groceries. Participants are eligible for undergraduate loan deferment, and some participants may be eligible for Perkins Loan forgiveness. Also, JVC Magis provides an opportunity to earn a master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. Tuition, Fees, health insurance preminun and all program related expenses are covered by the program. Most importantly, JVC Magis allows presons to put their faith in action by serving and living in community with others.

JVC Magis participants are responsible for paying rent and utilities after they move into their community home. They also pay for groceries, and transportation. While the program pays the annual health insurance premium, all other health and medical related expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

While some JVC Magis participants do find having a car convenient, most participants do not have cars. JVC Magis homes and agencies, are located near public transportation. 

  • Take Master's level courses at Loyola University Chicago. Depending on the degree program you choose, you will earn your Master's Degree in two or three years.
  • Work as a part time employee in a program, partner agency.  Your job and degree program will be coordinated so that your work will advance you in your chosen career field.
  • Explore deeply God's presence in your life. Grounded in Jesuit spirituality, JVC Magis will help you understand and act upon your calling to be a person for others in all aspects of your life.

JVC Magis offers you:

  • free graduate tuition
  • professonal development 
  • a monthly part time salary for personal expenses, from a partner, Catholic Agency
  • health insurance
  • deferral of your current student loans
  • a strong spiritual formation program

Program Details:

  • Participants usually take six credit hours per semester. (Those students in the social work and divinity program consistently take more than six credit hours per semester. Students in these degree program will be in the JVC Magis program for three years). More than six hours per semester can be taken if necessary and if permission is granted by the director.
  • You will live in a community of up to five JVC Magis volunteers.
  • You will receive a part time salary for your expenses.
  • You may bring your own car, however, you will need to cover all expenses for your car including insurance if you choose to bring one.
  • If interested you can be paired with a spiritual director to help you discover the best way to use your gifts in the world.
  • You will be able to participate in a strong spiritual formation program which includes retreats, communal faith sharing and spirituality workshops.