March 15 (Fall Semester only)
*At the discretion of the department, applications will continue to be reviewed after the application deadline on a space-available basis.
Required Application Materials
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a completed application and all supplemental materials are received by the application deadline. Supplemental materials, once received, become the property of Loyola University Maryland and cannot be returned.
- Online application form (or, download the PDF application).
- Nonrefundable $50 application fee.
- Essay/personal statement.
- Official transcripts from all postsecondary colleges or universities attended. This includes transcripts from part-time study and from institutions that have awarded the applicant a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree or an advanced certificate. Students who fail to submit the final degree-posted transcript will not be permitted to register.
Applicants who hold degrees or have earned credits from non-U.S. institutions (excluding study abroad programs) must have a course-by-course evaluation and translation of their academic records done by an approved evaluation services agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree program. Loyola recommends World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org).
- Three professional/academic letters of recommendation (at least two of which are academic references)
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores. Report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. Scores must be from tests administered within five years of the application deadline. Loyola's institution code is 5370.
- Resume or curriculum vita (optional).
- A writing sample that emphasizes a student’s theological interests and research (optional).
- TOEFL score report. The TOEFL examination is required only if English is not the applicant's native language or if the applicant has not completed a degree program taught in English. TOEFL scores must be from tests administered within two years of the application deadline. Official scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. Loyola's institution code is 5370.
- International Student Supplemental Form (required only if a student visa is needed).
Supplemental application documents should be submitted directly to:
Loyola University Maryland
Graduate Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 1447
Beltsville, MD 20704
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Tips for Preparing Your Application
The application process requires an investment of time and resources, but careful planning can help you create an application that stands apart from the competition. The following sections provide tips to help you prepare your application.
Before you Apply
- Perform a self-assessment, particularly with the goal of identifying your major interests, and work on achieving focus without being overly narrow.
- Ask for advice from faculty members about schools that have programs compatible with your interests.
- Use the Web or other materials to research program offerings, faculty, program rank, selectivity, funding practices, and demographics (size, location, etc.).
- Compile a list of programs to which you intend to apply, then contact the programs for additional information.
Tips for Acquiring the Best Possible Letters of Recommendation
- Select and contact potential recommenders early.
- Ascertain whether the person you selected would be able to write you a strong letter of recommendation (this implies that they have time and can comment favorably about your potential for graduate work).
- Prompt your letter writers with points you would like them to address.
- Provide letter writers with all necessary forms and instructions.
- Provide your C.V. and a draft of your statement of intent.
- Provide deadlines for each program.
- Follow up to ensure that letters were mailed or submitted electronically.
Statement of Intent
The statement of intent should capture your intellectual development and interests. It should generally be 1–3 double-spaced pages in length. Once you have drafted your statement, ask a few faculty members review it. A trip to the writing center is also beneficial as you work to polish the finished product. This is your opportunity to present a strong argument about why you would be an excellent student in the program, so be sure that you are completely satisfied with the document you submit.
- Establish your desire for the degree and how you envision using your training and knowledge in the future.
- Articulate why you have selected your specific program, i.e. how your interest coincides with those of the faculty.
- Identify the strengths that you would bring to the program (e.g., credentials, experience).
- Explain any unusual situations but refrain from providing excuses.
- Be sure to include your name and prospective program on each page of the statement—even though you submit the document electronically.