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How to Apply to the Emerging Media or Health Communication Program

Please be sure to review the application deadlines and admission requirements before starting the online application.

*International applicants are eligible to complete this program fully online outside of the United States. Please note: a Form I-20 cannot be issued for this program.

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Scholarships Available!

  • Fall Scholarship Deadline: July 1
  • Spring Scholarship Deadline: November 1
  • Summer Scholarship Deadline: April 1

Merit-Based Scholarships

Scholarships are available for part-time and full-time students. The scholarships are merit-based and all applicants who submit complete applications by the scholarship deadlines above, including all of the application requirements listed below, will be considered pending merit and availability. Merit is based on academic leadership as evident in the application. Applicants must apply by the scholarship deadline to be considered; there are no additional scholarship application requirements for eligibility.

Priority Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester – August 1
  • Spring Semester – December 1
  • Summer Session – May 1

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

Application Requirements

  • Application form
  • Non-refundable $60 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions attended.  The admission committee reserves the right to request official transcripts from universities where an applicant attended but did not complete a degree.  Please note that not submitting all transcripts where courses have been completed could impact course waivers.   
  • All foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved international academic record evaluation service. Visit the International Academic Records page for a list of approved services.
  • Essay - In 500-1000 words: Describe your interests and career objectives, how they developed, and how a master’s degree at Loyola will enable you to achieve these objectives. Please also include a description of your interests and experiences with media. The program is writing intensive, and therefore, your essay must demonstrate strong writing skills (correct grammar, punctuation, spelling and ability to express ideas cogently).
  • Professional resume
  • Two professional/academic letters of recommendation.
  • Official English language examination scores are required for applicants who have not earned (or will not be earning) a bachelor's or higher degree from a college or university where English is the sole language of instruction. For additional details and a list of accepted English language exams, visit the English Language Examination Requirements page.

The Non-Public Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC) of Georgia requires institutions that offer distance education programs to Georgia residents to permit them to follow the NPEC complaint process. Information on the process is available from the NPEC website.

We strongly recommend that all applicants have their schools send us official e-transcripts if possible. If your school uses an automated transcript request service, select “Loyola University Maryland” as the receiving institution, and be sure to select “Graduate” or “Graduate Admission” as the receiving office. If your school does not use an automated transcript request service but will still send an official transcript on your behalf via email, have your school send your transcript to

If your school is unable to provide electronic transcripts of any kind, your transcripts must be sent to us by mail in envelopes sealed by the school. Our mailing address can be found on the Graduate Admission webpage.

If you have any questions or need help with the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 410-617-5020 or email

Student Identity Verification Policy and Procedure

Student identity is established through the admission process at Loyola University Maryland by review and verification of personal information, official transcripts, dates of attendance, official test scores, letters of recommendation, and, if provided by the applicant for financial aid purposes, social security number.

New students are provided access to Loyola's learning management system through a secure login and password. Individual courses can be accessed only by students registered for the course, the course instructor, and other instructional personnel, as permitted by the instructor. A password reset, if necessary, will only be granted to a student once the student provides demographic data that matches the confidential information stored in the secure university database. Students are encouraged to enroll in advance in Password Self Service utility. In the event their Loyola password is lost or forgotten the student can then return to the Password Self Service web page and request a reset of his or her password by providing responses to confidential questions. The student will then be notified via a message to his or her non-Loyola email account with instructions to create a new password.

The use of integrated academic integrity measures, such as staged assignments to familiarize instructors with their students’ work and style, is encouraged. The use of technology to enhance asynchronous or to facilitate synchronous online experiences may also be used to create a dynamic and engaging classroom environment that subsequently provides additional verification of student identity. The use of technology coupled with specific course material in each class enables instructors to develop strong learning relationships with students and to capitalize on the emerging ability to create "social presence" online that helps to safeguard academic integrity.

If the use of technology or hardware for student identity verification purposes will lead to additional costs for students, prospective students will be informed of these projected costs prior to enrolling in the online program.


This procedure applies to all Loyola University Maryland credit-bearing online courses and programs.


The offices of academic departments, admission, and technology services are responsible for the consistent application of student identity verification procedures. All Loyola University Maryland employees enter into a Confidentiality Agreement with the University, by which they claim accountability "for the responsible use of University information and for ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and accuracy of that information."

Additionally, all Loyola University Maryland employees must adhere to the Information Security Policy:

The unauthorized addition, modification, deletion, use, or disclosure of restricted or sensitive information owned by or in the custody of the University is expressly forbidden. In certain limited circumstances, as specified in federal and state legislation, the University may disclose restricted or sensitive information.

The University will take reasonable and appropriate steps consistent with current technological developments and accepted best practices to ensure the appropriate confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all restricted and sensitive University information.

It is the responsibility of the University to protect the privacy of student records and identity in alignment with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Loyola University Maryland has a commitment to protect the confidentiality of student records. The University makes every effort to release information only to those individuals who have established a legitimate educational need for the information. Learn more about students' rights. Loyola University Maryland's Privacy Policy describes information collected from visitors to Loyola's websites and how that information is used.

It is the responsibility of all Loyola graduate students to adhere to Loyola’s Academic Integrity Policy, as described in the graduate catalogue.

It is the responsibility of all Loyola undergraduate students to adhere to Loyola’s Community Standards, specifically to the expectations of their peers to conduct themselves honestly on all academic assignments and to adhere to the Honor Code:

The students of Loyola University Maryland are citizens of an academic community that will conduct itself according to an academic code of honor, following the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis and keeping within the school motto, "Strong Truths Well Lived."

It is also the responsibility of all Loyola students and community members to follow the Information Systems Password Policy, specifically to the Password Protection Guidelines in section 3.3 that make explicit that user name and password should not be shared with other individuals.


Loyola University Maryland does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, or any other legally protected classification in the administration of any of its educational programs and activities or with respect to admission or employment. The designated compliance officer to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is David Tiscione, Director of Title IX, Compliance, and Assessment, 105 Jenkins Hall, 410-617-5171, Loyola University is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant, alien students. This publication does not constitute an express or implied contract. Loyola reserves the right to amend or rescind this publication at any time.

Title IX

For information about the Title IX Grievance Process, see the Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Procedures for Students and for Employees.

To report any Sexual Harassment or any form of sexual misconduct or related behaviors, please contact any of the Title IX Coordinators.

Accessibility Accommodations

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at or 410-617-5020.