Non-Degree Special Student Option
Special students are those who have at least a bachelor's degree and wish to enroll in graduate courses without pursuing a graduate degree or certificate at Loyola. To become a special student, an individual must submit an application, application fee, transcripts which verify receipt of the college/graduate degrees, and if applicable, meet departmental graduate admission standards. Not all programs offer the special student option. Applicants must check with their program of interest to ensure that they are eligible to be considered. Applicants may take no more than 6 credits as special student status. Individuals who wish to continue beyond the two course non-degree limit must formally apply for admission to a degree or post-master's certificate program.
Non-Degree Application Deadlines
Fall Semester: July 15*
Spring Semester: November 15*
Summer Sessions: April 1*
*At the discretion of the department, applications will continue to be reviewed after the application deadline on a space-available basis.
Required application materials include:
- Online application form
- Nonrefundable $60 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).
- Optional professional/academic letters of recommendation.
- Optional Resume or curriculum vita.
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.
Supplemental application documents should be submitted directly to:
Loyola University Maryland
Graduate Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 1447
Beltsville, MD 20704
Or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Additional Application Information
It is the policy of departmental admission committees to give promising applicants the opportunity to undertake graduate work. A careful examination of an applicant's academic and professional qualifications precedes every admission decision. The committees look 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.
Applicants accepted for graduate study will be advised in writing. At the time of admission, individuals will be informed of any courses for which they have qualified for advanced standing and/or additional courses or prerequisites requiring completion before commencing their graduate studies. 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.