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Admission Requirements

The Loyola Institute for Ministry requires all graduate and continuing education applicants to complete the same application. As noted in the Graduate Bulletin, Admission requirements for degree, certificate (CEU), and dual degree students are explained below.


Graduate CEU  Dual Degree

Completed online application (no fee)

 X  X  X

Statement of educational purpose

 X  X  X

Proof of a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 2.50 G.P.A. as well as any subsequent academic work (undergraduate or graduate) from an accredited college or university, verified by official transcripts mailed by the academic institution(s) that granted the bachelor’s degree and any subsequent credits.  Early in the application process, please request that official transcripts from the unversity or college be sent to avoid a delay in receiving an admission decision. Electronic transcripts sent directly from the issuing college or university are acceptable.

X   X

Résumé of work experience including professional and/or voluntary ministerial responsibilities

 X  X  X

Two recommendation forms to be completed by people who have observed you in a work, ministerial, or educational setting.  The application form asks you to give the contact information of your recommenders, who will be asked to complete the form online or on paper.   

 X  X  X

Completion of dual degree department’s application



Statement of Educational Purpose 

Your statement of educational purpose will enable the Admission Committee to understand your reasons for applying to the Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM) and your ability to benefit from our programs. This statement should be an essay

  • 600-1200 words in length
  • double-spaced
  • word-processed 

Please state as clearly as possible your reasons for seeking your specified type of study (master's degree, continuing education or graduate certificate, or non-degree). What has led you to pursue your studies, and how do you think they can help you grow in a current or future ministry or, for those who do not now consider themselves to be in ministry, help you explore faith and its implications for the Church and world today?

You may include any additional information about yourself that you believe would assist the Admission Committee in evaluating your work, academic and ministerial background, as well as information that will aid the committee in assessing your ability to engage in this graduate-level ministry education program.

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Dual Degree Program Applicants

Applicants to a dual degree program will apply to LIM and the other degree program separately.  While you need to apply separately, the admissions offices in both programs will work to minimize the duplication of admissions materials; for example, only one set of transcripts needs to be sent to the university. Please contact Judy Lavergne (, so your application will processed as smoothly as possible.

To Submit Application Materials

All materials for the application not submitted electronically should be mailed or emailed to the addresses below.

Graduate Admissions
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 18
New Orleans, LA  70118

For Additional Information

For more information about admission requirements for the Loyola Institute for Ministry, please LIM Director Dr. Tom Ryan (504) 865-2069 or

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