Loyola University Chicago

Magis

Frequently Asked Questions

Magis

College graduates interested in pursuing one of the graduate degrees offered through the Magis program are welcome to apply.  For more detailed information on program admission requirements, see the program application.

Social Work, Divinity, Christian Spirituality, Pastoral Studies, Social Justice. Dual degree programs are not offered through  Magis and these are the only degrees offered through the program.

Yes, Magis welcomes graduates of schools other than Loyola.

Living in community is not a requirement of the Magis program. Community is a program value and community is built via our program co hort model. Participants interested in living in an intentional community will be given the opportunity to do so. 

The SOSW and the IPS require all students to compete an internship/field placement. These graduate schools offer a variety of non-paid options in a variety of settings.

The Magis program, however, requires its members to complete their internship/field placement at a Catholic Agency. Participants can work with their respective graduate program to find an appropriate placement at a  Catholic Agency. 

Participants interested in a paid internship can work with the Magis program as we facilitate matching participants with paid positions at Catholic agencies. The work done at the partner agency is also considered the internship/field placement. Participants work more hours than are required by the internship/field placement. Participants are considered employees, or independent contractors, for the agencies in which they are employed. In the event that an agency considers you an independent contractor, taxes will not be withheld from your payment. The following year you will receive a 1099 and must file and pay the taxes that were not withheld. Participants considered employees of the agency will have the appropriate taxes withheld and will receive a W2 the following year.

** Opportunties are often limited and a paid internship is not a guarantee of the program. 

If an applicant is currently working at a Catholic agency the applicant can work with their respective graduate program to determine if that agency and its work can be conunted toward the internship requirement. 

** Payment and benefits are generally the same across agencies, however, they will differ slightly. You can find out more about this during your interview and then again during orientation with your agency. Members generally work 25-29 hours per work at minimum wage.

For more detailed information about placements, and the placement process, see the program handbook and the program application.

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.

Participants receive several benefits, both tangible and intangible.

Magis provides an opportunity to earn a master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, on a full scholarship. All tuition and related fees, are covered by the Magis Scholarhip. Books, as well as all cost related to the fomational elements of the program, are covered by the Magis Scholarship. 

The formational elements of the program are intended to be a holistic process - encouraging intellectual, social, emotional, physical, spiritual, ethical, and moral growth.

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

While some Magis members do find having a car convenient, having a car is not a requirement. 

  • 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.
  • Participate in field experience/internship in a Catholic Agency. 
  • Participate in formation that is intended to be a holistic process - encouraging intellectual, social, emotional, physical, spiritual, ethical, and moral growth.
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Magis offers you:

  • graduate tuition
  • health insurance
  • deferral of your current student loans
  • a strong formation program
  • facilitaes a paid internship opportunity. 

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 have the opportunity to live in a community of up to five Magis volunteers.
  • You may have the opportunity to interview for a paid internship. 
  • 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.
  • You will be able to participate in a strong formation program that is intended to be a holistic process - encouraging intellectual, social, emotional, physical, spiritual, ethical, and moral growth.