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On Campus Program Frequently Asked Questions

What degrees are available through the Loyola Institute for Ministry?

The Institute has five master’s degree options, graduate certificates, and continuing education options. Please visit our programs of study page for a complete list.

Why should I earn my master’s degree from the Institute for Ministry?

The Institute has over 40 years of experience in preparing adults to serve in ministry positions in their parishes, dioceses, and secular workplaces. The strength of our program is the intentional learning community and its ongoing invitation to disciplined conversation.

Why New Orleans?

Our internationally-renowned faculty teaches our on-campus courses in one of the most culturally rich cities in the country. Many of New Orleans’ traditions have roots in the Catholic faith, and many other faith traditions are actively present in the greater New Orleans community. This leads to rich and informed dialogue among the various traditions. Loyola’s campus is situated in the Uptown neighborhood across from Audubon Park, one of the most tranquil places in the city.

Are the Institute for Ministry’s degree and certificates accredited?

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), which accredits all Loyola programs, has fully accredited our degree and certificate programs.

When are classes offered?

Classes in the fall and spring semesters are primarily held in the evening; occasionally, weekends-only classes are offered. A special intensive summer session is offered, so students have the option of taking courses year-round, summers-only, or during semesters that best fit their needs. On-campus students may also enroll in our online courses.

How do I apply to the program?

First, view the admissions requirements. Students may apply online. The application fee is waived for students using the online application.


Services, Tuition, and Registration

What student services are available to me as a graduate student?

Students have a full complement of services available to them on-campus; many are tailored to the needs of adult students. Please click on the links below for specific information:

How much is the tuition?

On-campus students are charged LIM graduate tuition and fees graduation fee, and the contingency fees as applicable. LIM’s graduate tuition is set at a reduced rate because of the Jesuit commitment to ministry education. For more information see LIM Tuition.

How do I pay tuition?

The Bursar’s Office offers an enhanced e-Commerce System (with instructional videos) for paying your LIM on-campus program tuition. Tuition payments may also be made in person at the Bursar’s office, via wire transfer or by mail (check or money order) with a copy of your student bill. To view your account online at LORA, click on the "Login to Student Services" link and follow the prompts that will appear on the screen.

Students are billed after pre-registration or at registration.  Students who are not early registered and who are registering at the beginning of the term will be expected to make payment at time of registration. Tuition is always due by the first day of class. Questions can be directed to the Bursar's Office staff by e-mailing or by calling (504) 865-2388.

Tuition payment options through Loyola’s e-Commerce system include paying by Electronic Check (Free Service) and payment by all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.  Tuition payments by credit card are only accepted online through the e-Commerce processor who will charge a 2.75% non-refundable convenience fee. 

Access the e-Commerce System through your LORA account under the Tuition and Billing Section or through the e-Commerce login page. Accessing your account from either link requires your CWID and PIN.  Please DO NOT use your Social Security Number as it may display incomplete account information. In addition, you can set up third party payers as authorized users who may pay tuition through the e-Commerce Gateway

The e-Commerce system should be available every day except during daily scheduled maintenance which occurs from 3:45AM (CST) until 8:00AM (CST).

How do I register for classes?

Students must be admitted to the program before they are able to register for classes. Students register for classes by using LORA, Loyola’s Online Records Access. To do so, see the FAQ question “What is LORA?” below. First-time students may contact the LIM Manager of Admissions concerning admissions and registration issues by emailing Crystal Ramey:

How do I know what courses will be offered in upcoming semesters?

Visit the Semester Course Offerings page to see upcoming courses. In addition, students may view and download the course rotation, which is a projected schedule of courses to be offered each semester. Find it on the Resources page.

What is LORA?

LORA is short for Loyola Online Records Access and is a web-based service that allows you to register for classes, view grades, transcripts, and account summaries, find out your Loyola email address, and change mailing and e-mail addresses. The LORA website is available from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) Monday through Friday and from 7:00 a.m. on Saturday through 8:00 a.m. on Monday. To log in to LORA, go to the LORA homepage​, click on “Login to Student Services (LORA),” then follow the directions that appear on the screen. To register for a course in LORA, follow the directions on the screen after you are logged in. You will already need to have been admitted in order to register on LORA.

What is Canvas? 

Canvas is online learning management sustemthat allows you to easily access materials for your course and communicate with your professor and fellow students. Many classes use Canvas as a way to distribute reading assignments and host discussions in-between class meetings. Classes will also be conducted on Canvas in the event of a campus closure. Access Canvas through Loyola's Single Sign On. Loyola’s Monroe Library has a Canvas resources webpage

What does the term “CWID” mean?

Loyola assigns each student an identification number also called a Campus Wide Identification Number (CWID). There are used instead of Social Security numbers on Loyola forms that ask for a student ID number. This eight-digit CWID number is assigned after admission to the program and is included in the student’s admission letter. Students also are able to find out their CWID numbers when they sign into LORA. It is recommended that students use the CWID whenever possible for security reasons. If a student forgets his or her CWID number, he or she can log into LORA to obtain it.