Prospective Students

Overview of Loyola MS Programs’ Strengths

  • Committed faculty teaching small classes, commonly 15-25 students
  • Many project based classes with big concepts for all, which students get to develop in their own way in their individual projects, with active individual support from the instructor
  • Flexibility and breadth: About ½ of each program is electives which can vary from business-centric, data-centric, networking and security, software engineering, to core computer science. Many students come in not knowing exactly what they are most interested in. Students can sample different areas, choose to change the degree program in the middle, and still have all their courses count toward the final degree.
  • Enroll part-time or full-time, and back and forth, as you choose
  • Strong advising/support throughout: as students inquire about the program, apply, plan initial courses, and as experience evolves
  • Lots of data on and opportunities for internships and jobs: Internships can count in the academic program. High regard of our program in industry smooths job transition.
  • Strong encouragement toward independent study with individual professors in a wide variety of areas
  • Finish full-time in 16 months; less if you can get two courses of transfer credit
  • Opportunity for discipline changers to be accepted and take prerequisites with us on a compressed schedule

Look in the courses document for the details of the individual Masters Programs.

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Admissions

No application deadline for plain admission: Applications are continuously evaluated and students will be promptly admitted to the nearest starting term or semester. Earlier admission means that you get to register online for classes earlier, and some classes may fill up. See New Student Assistantships, for application deadlines to be considered for such an award.

Prerequisites: Please note that you can apply and be accepted without having all the undergraduate prerequisites listed for degree programs. See the section of the course document on prerequisites.

Questions: If you have questions after reading the information below, contact the Graduate Program Director at gpd@cs.luc.edu. You are encouraged to Visit.

Requirements for All Applicants

For admission to the graduate degree program in the Department of Computer Science, submit the items below that are not listed as optional. You may also submit further items if you feel they would help bolster your admissions case. If you are an international student please also note the Additional Requirements for International Applicants.

  1. Completed application form (either completed online with no fee or downloaded and delivered on paper with a $50 fee).
  2. Those who would like to get financial assistance see Teaching Assistantships or for non-departmental financial aid see http://www.luc.edu/finaid/responsibilities_rights.shtml.
  3. Submit official English transcripts of all undergraduate work and any post-baccalaureate work still in sealed envelopes sent from the academic institution. Do not open such envelopes yourself. If you do not have easy access to the sealed official documents, you can initially submit copies for a conditional admission.
  4. GRE scores are not required for admission. If you choose to submit them, Loyola’s institutional code is 1412; the department code is not needed. GRE scores, however, are expected if you are applying for a merit award ( Teaching Assistantships ), and you are not already a Loyola student.
  5. Three letters of recommendation. These are usually from referees familiar with the applicant’s academic work, however, if the applicant has been out of school for a long time, then letters of recommendation from co-workers or supervisors will be acceptable.

FAFSA for U.S. Students/Permanent Residents

Though not a requirement, U.S. citizens and permanent residents are strongly encouraged to fill out the online FAFSA form at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. This not only facilitates loans, but also can help getting on-campus jobs.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

Do not forget the Requirements for All Applicants. Here are additional requirements and an option for international student admission to a graduate degree program in the Department of Computer Science.

  1. Students with transcripts issued by International universities or colleges must be evaluated by an outside evaluator for GPA calculation and determining if the degree is equivalent to an American Bachelor’s degree: Applicants may send international transcripts for a general evaluation with Grade Average to ECE for international evaluation and allow 4-6 weeks for them to evaluate transcripts and get the results to Loyola. Educational-Perspectives can also be used as an alternative to ECE. No other transcript evaluation service is accepted by Loyola. If you are in a rush, you can pay extra for expedited service.

    A suggested exception to getting the general transcript evaluation: If you have international graduate level coursework after 4 years of college level work, see Further International Transcript Credit Transfer Requirements.

    Those students living abroad and seriously considering Loyola can write to the Graduate Program Director at gpd@cs.luc.edu about waiving the transcript evaluation fee. Be sure the rest of your application is submitted when making this request, so it can be properly considered. At least a copy of a passing English test score must be included at that time: an official result is just needed before admission. Requesting that Loyola handle the evaluation will require extra time, since the transcript forms must be received first by Loyola and sent off again to Educational Perspectives.

  2. International students (with the exception of U.S. citizens or permanent residents) must have their English certified before any kind of admission.

    Informally the Gradute Program Director (GPD) is happy to look at an application that is complete except for the English requirement, and let you know if you should expect the GPD’s recommendation for admission, after an official passing English result is provided. Later, the Graduate School Dean’s approval is still needed for final admission.

    The Loyola Graduate School accepts just two approaches to the English requirement, and a few explicit exceptions:

    • The usual way is to earn at least 79 on the internet-based TOEFL test (or 550 on the paper-based test) or at least a 6.5 (overall band score) on the IELTS academic test. The official results must come to Loyola directly from the testing agency. Loyola’s institutional code is 1412; the department code is not needed. The Graduate School will not accept scores lower than those stated above, and our department is not able to make any exceptions. Do not request to be admitted with a lower score. Loyola has no official program for conditional admission without the required score.

      You can retake an English exam as many times as you need before admission to get up to a passing grade.

      If taking one of these tests, be sure to sign up for an early test date, since results usually take 2-3 weeks to be delivered officially to Loyola.

    • If you want to improve your English at Loyola, in preparation for possible graduate study, you can first apply to our full-time ESL program, http://www.luc.edu/esl/, and do well enough in courses and a comprehensive exam. Only sufficient achievement in Loyola’s ESL program is a substitute for one of the standardized tests above. Enrollment in an ESL program at another school is not a substitute for the TOEFL or IELTS. With any other ESL program one of the standardized tests is still required.

      NOTE: Loyola’s ESL is a separate program from the Graduate School. Appropriate certification from this ESL program merely satisfies the English requirement for Graduate School applicants. It does not imply the Graduate School Dean’s approval for your admission. All other parts of your application remain to be considered.

    • The English requirement is waived only for students who satisfy at least one of the following:

      • U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
      • Students with Bachelor’s or higher degree from accredited institutions in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, who primarily attended their classes in those countries. Students are exempt who will complete one of these programs before matriculation at Loyola, even if they have further degrees from another country. Note: Graduating from a program offered in English from any other country does not exempt the student from the English requirement.
      • Students who have written and defended a masters thesis or doctoral dissertation in English.
  3. International applicants who will be on an F-1 visa (including those who are seeking financial aid from the department) are encouraged to submit proof (affidavit) of financial support to our International students office simultaneously with filing their application. The form should be linked on the page http://luc.edu/iss/forms.shtml under something like the name, Declaration of Finances for Graduate & Professional Students. This will help save a lot of time in processing the visa papers, namely I-20 or IAP-66. Students who are chosen for the merit awards or scholarships will be notified regardless of their financial standing or ability to support themselves financially.

International students requiring an F-1 visa should consult the International Students and Scholars page for further information.

Though there is no admission deadline, be sure to leave time to get the necessary official English test results and transcript evaluations to Loyola before admission, and allow time after admission for obtaining a visa. If the process takes too long, you can roll your admission over to the next semester.

Program Costs

The Master’s program has a 10-course requirement (once undergraduate prerequisites are satisfied). The tuition fees for graduate students in the department is $965 per credit hour for year 2014–2015 and subject to change in the future years. All of the graduate courses in our programs are 3 credit hours per term. Hence the fee per course during fall 2014 through summer 2015 is $2,895. The tuition fees for the entire Master’s program, which has a 10-course requirement, is $28,950, plus any incremental increases in tuition for courses taken in later academic years. For more information on smaller semester fees please refer to the Bursar’s pages.

See also Teaching Assistantships and Non-Departmental Financial Awards.