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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 a three-page, double-spaced, word-processed essay. It should reflect your understanding of how LIM 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. 

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). 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.

Online Program Applicants

Please take the "Self Assessment of Online Learning Readiness" before writing your statement. Because you are applying to study in an online program, you must include in your statement a brief overview of your experience with online interaction.  It is essential that you elaborate on your ability and willingness to engage fully in online group learning, including your ability to discuss complex topics online with your classmates and instructors. Upload the statement to your application as instructed online. 

On-Campus Program Applicants

You will likely take some online classes as part of your studies; while not required, it might be helpful to include some information on your online learning abilities. See the above paragraph for details. Upload the statement to your application as instructed online.

Extension Program Applicants

The program centers around a group educational process demanding independent adult initiative as well as the ability to reflect and share one’s personal experience as it relates to ministry. It is essential that you elaborate on your ability and willingness to engage fully in the group learning process used in the program as explained online or at an information meeting you have attended. Upload the statement to your application as instructed online. 

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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 Diane Blair, manager of admissions in LIM, at, 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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