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Cory Bright and other fellow School of Continuing and Professional students in conversation

Mission and Vision

Mission and Vision

Loyola University Chicago’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies empowers adult learners through an accessible, impactful, and holistic education that positions them for success.

Our applicable programs and flexible formats enable students to advance careers and fulfill personal goals. Guided by Loyola’s Jesuit tradition, SCPS creates a supportive environment that fosters social justice, ethics, and service to others.

As Loyola University Chicago’s home to adult learners, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) positions “non-traditional” students to capture the professional success and meaningful lives they envision for themselves.

Non Profit and Accredited

A nonprofit, Higher Learning Commission-accredited university with a successful century-long track record of educating adult learners. We embrace the Jesuit traditions of social justice, ethics, and service to others and we invest in your education through robust scholarship opportunities, financial aid, and career services, and access to a wide range of learning opportunities and academic resources.

Through an accessible, impactful, and holistic education, we ignite student growth through:

  • dynamic academic programs led by engaged faculty who are scholars or practitioners in their respective fields
  • flexible programming, including entirely online learning opportunities
  • robust career services and financial aid offerings, including scholarships

Whether enrolling in one of our graduate or dual degree programs, one of our undergraduate degree or minor options, or one of our certificate programs, you can leverage your SCPS education and Loyola’s reputation to power your social mobility and unlock new opportunities to enhance your life.

“Coming back to school changes your life in so many ways. It changed the confidence I have in myself. As hard as I worked, I never felt accomplished because I always had this yearning to finish my degree.” Caroline Zaia ’16

By The Numbers

For more than a century, Loyola University Chicago has been transforming the trajectory of student lives, driving professional and personal pursuits with high-quality academic offerings and lively learning environments. SCPS embraces this tradition with a focus on flexibility, student support, and practicality.

A forward-thinking, responsive institution, we have designed accredited academic programs to meet market needs and introduced novel online coursework to deliver the flexibility students need. We have emerged a national leader in distance education and created spirited learning environments where students develop tangible skills they can apply in the contemporary workplace.

Top 5

Best Online Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

Top 10

Best Online Bachelor's Degree in Business

Top 20

Best Online Bachelor's Degree


of SCPS students report they are likely to enroll at SCPS again


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We’re Here to Help

Contact us today at gpem@luc.edu or at 312-915-7900 with any questions or to request more information about adult and continuing education programs at SCPS.