Admissions - Graduate

Vice President of Enrollment Management: Anthony E. Jones
Office: Thomas Hall, Third Floor

Executive Director of Loyola Online: Dr. Heather Munns
Office: Marquette Hall, 319-322
Website: Loyola Online | Loyola University New Orleans (

Loyola University New Orleans encourages and welcomes applications from all qualified persons. The Office of Admissions strives to enroll diverse classes of students who can be successful at Loyola and who, upon graduation, will have benefited from Loyola’s Jesuit Catholic values-based liberal arts education.

The policies and requirements described on this page relate to all on-campus and online graduate admissions. Applicants who are applying to any of Loyola's fully online graduate degree programs are held to the same admissions standards as on-campus programs. Loyola does not have admissions policies for online students that are separate and distinct from those for on-campus programs.


On this webpage, you will find the university's general Graduate Admissions policies. Specific program requirements are found on the Bulletin entries for each program. College of Law Admissions policies and requirements can be found in the Law Bulletin.

Admissions Requirements by Program

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Admissions Policies

The Office of Admissions evaluates post-secondary school records, standardized test scores and a variety of other personal and academic credentials in order to determine graduate admission. Admission is granted jointly by the Office of Admissions and the graduate program in which the student plans to study. The establishment of standards by which applicants are admitted is the responsibility of the graduate program. Individual program requirements for admission are included in the Graduate Bulletin under each academic college. In some cases, the number accepted will vary by academic program and from semester to semester. 

An applicant for admission to a Loyola graduate program should understand that graduate work is not a simple extension of an undergraduate program but, rather, demands scholarship of a higher order, and emphasizes research, creativity, and professional competence with a minimum of formal requirements and a maximum of student initiative and responsibility. The University, therefore, reserves the right to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission, and to reject any applicant for admission for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualification to pursue higher education.

The University selects students with high standards of scholarship, personal character and serious educational aims. As such, the University does not discriminate based on the applicant’s gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veterans’ status, genetic information or disability in the admissions process. The University holistically evaluates all applications for admission and accepts those students whose credentials indicate a high probability for success. The admissions review process for online applicants similarly considers the student's ability to engage in online learning. The objective of the admissions process is to select the students who will benefit from the courses of study and services offered by Loyola University New Orleans and to maintain the academic standards that have brought recognition to Loyola as a Catholic, Jesuit University.

Loyola refrains from providing commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid to any employees or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding financial assistance. Loyola also forbids any high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts, including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, or engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of procuring student enrollments.

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Applicant Categories & Classifications

  • Degree seeking students - a degree student is pursuing a graduate degree at Loyola and has been formally admitted for graduate studies in a particular graduate program. 
  • Non-degree seeking students - a non-degree student may take graduate courses, but is not enrolled in a graduate degree program. 
  • Certificate seeking students - certificate students are classified as non-degree students. Certificate students have the same University privileges and responsibilities as graduate degree students.

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Application Deadlines

Applicants should obtain application deadlines by contacting the individual graduate program. Most applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but because the admission process is time consuming, applications should be submitted as early as possible.

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Application Requirements

For admission to a Loyola graduate program, an applicant must hold either (1) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution according to the Department of Education of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or (2) a post secondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.

Additional application materials for each applicant category is governed by the academic department (see respective graduate program for admission requirements). The Office of Admissions and/or the academic program reserves the right to request additional and/or supplemental credentials from any applicant. Some requirements for credentials may be waived at the discretion of the academic program.

Though the Office of Admissions has no fixed minimum grade-point requirement for admission, an applicant is generally expected to enter with an undergraduate overall grade-point average of 2.50 or higher. Individual graduate programs often establish higher grade-point average requirements and use other criteria to judge candidates for admission. In exceptional cases, graduate programs may also approve admission by reason of special backgrounds, abilities, and interests. 

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Admission Types

General Admission

Acceptance to the University is granted without condition for the term the student applied for. Students must complete the intent to enroll form and pay an enrollment deposit (if applicable) in order to confirm acceptance of a general admission offer.

Provisional / Conditional Admission 

A student with incomplete credentials (e.g. official transcripts, test scores) will be admitted provisionally. These students will be admitted, but must satisfy the admissions provision no later than the tenth week of their first semester of enrollment, or a hold will be placed on the student’s account prohibiting future registration until the necessary documentation is received.

The decision to grant conditional admission is based on perceived academic promise and is granted to provide the applicant an opportunity to demonstrate their academic ability. Students may be accepted with conditions on a case-by-case basis by the department chair or program committee. Students admitted under this status will be informed of the conditions in their acceptance and department welcome letter. The condition must be satisfied in the timeframe set by the admitting department.

Deferral to Acceptance

The Office of Admissions permits accepted graduate students to defer their acceptance if approved by the program. In this instance, the applicant has decided to delay admissions for up to one year from the original admissions offer. Students who defer are required to let the admissions office and department know they are deferring by choosing the deferral option in the initial admission offer. 

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Enrollment Requirements

All graduate students are required to submit an intent to enroll as part of the admission process. Additionally, some graduate programs require an enrollment deposit in order to secure a student’s place in the program. The amount of the deposit can be found in the graduate bulletin in the appropriate program section. The deposit is payable online via the student’s enrollment portal with a credit card or electronic check or by personal check made payable to Loyola University New Orleans. Students who wish to pay by money order or cash must pay directly at the Bursar’s Office with a receipt given to the admissions office.

NOTE: Enrollment deposits or a portion of enrollment may be waived only at the discretion of the Vice President of Enrollment Management and/or their designee.

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