Loyola University Maryland

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Master of Theological Studies

Priority Application Deadline

March 1 (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.
  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  • All foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved evaluation service (naces.org)
  • Essay 
  • Two academic letters of recommendation (a third professional reference is optional).
  • Optional Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores. If choosing to submit GRE scores, Loyola's code is 5370..
  • A writing sample that emphasizes a student’s theological interests and research (optional).
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores are required if the student's native language is not English. Loyola requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 or a band score of 7 for the IELTS.
  • International Student Supplemental Form (required only if a student visa is needed).

Please send all required documents to::

Loyola University Maryland
Office of Graduate Admission
2034 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093
 
Or emailed to graddocs@loyola.edu

If you have questions or need help with the admission process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (410) 617-5020 or email at graduate@loyola.edu.

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 Graduate Certificate in Theology and Ministry

Application Deadlines

Fall Entry: August 1
Spring Entry: December 1
Summer entry: May 1

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

*This program 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.

  • Online application form.
  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee.
  • Official transcipts from all colleges or universities attended.

  • Essay
  • Two letters of recommendation (one professional or academic, and one ministerial)  
  • Resume or curriculum vita (optional).

Please send all required documents to:

Loyola University Maryland
Office of Graduate Admission
2034 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093

Or emailed to graddocs@loyola.edu

If you have any questions or need any help with the admission process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (410) 617-5020 or email at graduate@loyola.edu.

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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.