Loyola University Maryland

Department of Theology

Apply - Graduate Theology

Master of Theological Studies

Application Deadlines (Fall Semester Only)

March 1 priority deadline for U.S. applicants

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

International deadline: all admission documents must be received by March 1.

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
  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions attended.  The admission committee reserves the right to request official transcript 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 any member of NACES (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's ETS code is 5370. Loyola requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 or a 7 in all areas of the IELTS.
  • International Student Supplemental Form (required only if a student visa is needed)

Please have your college(s) send the transcript(s) to one of the addresses below:

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

Or email to graduate@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.

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 transcripts from all degree-granting institutions attended.  
  • Essay
  • Two letters of recommendation (one professional or academic, and one ministerial)
  • Resume (optional)

Please have your college(s) send the transcript(s) to one of the addresses below:

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

Or email to graduate@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.

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.

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.

Non-Discrimination

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, is Kathleen Parnell, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, 5000 York Rd., Rm. 204, 410-617-2354, kmparnell@loyola.edu. The coordinator to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is Katsura Kurita, Assistant Vice President for Student Development, 110 Jenkins Hall, 410-617-5646 (direct), kkurita@loyola.edu. 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 graduate@loyola.edu or 410-617-5020.

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