Loyola University Chicago

Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy


Application Requirements and Deadlines

Program Selection

In The Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago, there are three degrees to consider related to public policy and affairs. Please indicate the degree to which you are applying or whether you are applying for a dual degree. Follow the link to the right of this page to begin your application.

Master of Arts (MA) in Urban Affairs and Master of Public Policy (MPP) Applicant Supporting Documents

The following supporting documents must be submitted for the MA in Urban Affairs and MPP degree programs. You have the option of mailing the supporting documents to the office of Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management (GPEM) or applying online through GPEM. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 can only be admitted on probation. A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required.

  • A completed online application form.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work. Transcripts must verify completion of a bachelor's degree.
  • Scores for the GRE (general examination).
  • Three letters of recommendation (usually from referees familiar with the applicant's academic work).
  • A 2–3 page statement of purpose describing academic interests, professional goals, and reasons for considering Loyola's MPP or MUA program.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae must be submitted. Applicants who apply online should attach this in the section asking for a resume or under a section for Additional Information.

The following documents are required, in addition to those listed above, for those who may fall into these categories:

  • Either a TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English.
  • International applicants, or US residents who completed school abroad, are required to submit non-US transcripts to Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) for evaluation of credentials. The general evaluation report must show that your non-US education is equivalent to a US bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

International applicants, and US residents with degrees from institutions outside of the US, see International Students for more details regarding the above listed requirements.

JD/MPP Dual Degree Program Applicant Supporting Documents

The supporting documents for the JD/MPP Program applicants are the same for the MA in Urban Affairs and MPP required documents described in the above section. However, the Law School uses a different admission application system. You will need to apply through both the GPEM office for the MPP Program and the School of Law Admissions office for the JD Program. In the MPP application, you can indicate your LSAT score which is used in place of GRE scores. Please refer to the JD/MPP Program Overview Brochure and School of Law Prospective Students webpage for the required and/or additional documents in the Law Program.

Application Deadline

To be considered for funding, please submit your application and supporting materials for the spring 2019 semester by November 30, 2018. The deadline for the fall 2019 semester is February 15, 2019.

Apply online for free through the GPEM office for one of the three programs in The Graduate School.

Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 1200
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312.915.8950