Loyola University Maryland

Graduate Program in Liberal Studies

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies - 36-credit degree program
Master’s Plus in Liberal Studies - for students who already have a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and wish to continue taking classes

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: August 1*
Spring Semester: December 1*
Summer Sessions: May 1*

*At the discretion of the department, applications will continue to be reviewed after the application deadline on a space-available basis.

International Students Application Deadlines:*

International students may only be enrolled in full-time degree programs. In order to maintain a full-time status, students may be required to travel between Loyola's three campuses in Baltimore, Timonium, and Columbia. Public transportation is not available. International students must submit a complete application for admission (including all supplemental documentation) by the deadlines shown below.

Fall Semester: May 1
Spring Semester: September 1

*The Master’s Plus option is not available for international students.

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.

  • Application form.
  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee.
  • Essay/personal statement (essay prompts can be found on the My Account Page).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. This includes transcripts from part-time study, study abroad, coursework taken at a community college, 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 a 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) must have a course-by-course evaluation and translation of their academic records done by a NACES approved evaluation services agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree program. The evaluation must establish that the applicant has earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.  Loyola recommends the WES:ICAP from World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org).
  • Two professional/academic letters of recommendation.
  • Resume or curriculum vita.
  • 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)

New Student Orientation attendance is required of all accepted applicants; new students will register for classes at the conclusion of orientation.

All supplemental application documents should be submitted to the address below. Please do not send correspondence with questions to this email.

Loyola University Maryland
Graduate Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 1447
Beltsville, MD  20704

Or emailed to graddocs@loyola.edu

Questions about graduate programs or our admission process should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admission at (410) 617-5020 or via email at graduate@loyola.edu.

Additional Application Information

Loyola welcomes graduates from accredited undergraduate or graduate institutions of higher learning who demonstrate the ability to contribute to the intellectual atmosphere of a seminar-based degree program. In view of the broad nature of the program, no specific undergraduate major is required or preferred. A careful examination of an applicant's academic and professional qualifications precedes every admission decision. The committee looks for previous academic achievement by considering an applicant's undergraduate and graduate records. Work experience is assessed through the presentation of a resume or vitae and professional references. Applications may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. The Admission Committee considers most favorably those graduates who maintained at least a B (3.00) average during the final two years of college.

Applicants accepted for graduate study will be advised in writing. A program advisor who assists in planning a program of study will be assigned, and students are responsible for discussing any special needs they may have with their advisor. While students may be accepted after an application deadline has passed, course availability cannot be guaranteed.