Applied Studies BA

About the Bachelor of Applied Studies Program at Loyola

A program grounded in the University Core Curriculum, the Applied Studies degree provides a strong foundation in communication and business. The Applied Studies major can allow you to make the most of your prior credit in a particular subject and accelerate your path to graduation.

Program Structure

The Bachelor of Applied Studies degree can be pursued full time or part time. Classes are held fully online.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Applied Studies Degree?

At Loyola, you will benefit from a versatile, affordable applied studies program that is tailored specifically to adult learners. Our program emphasizes hands-on learning opportunities so you can apply what you have learned to real-world situations.

A flexible, convenient format

Our unique program allows you to balance your studies with your professional and family life. The applied studies program is designed for working professionals like you with online courses.

Gain knowledge and skills in an emphasis area that fits your interests and career goals. You will complete a concentration that can be satisfied with existing certificate options or by selecting coursework under a common theme. The coursework you choose can draw from prior academic experience and reduce your time to degree completion.

Hone the business skills you have and gain new ones with a degree from a widely respected institution. Loyola’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies is well-known for providing a transformative education for adult learners like you.

Learn from faculty who are well-practiced in online and hybrid teaching and learning. They also understand the unique challenges and commitments adult learners face and work hard to create an inclusive, supportive, and engaging learning environment for all.

Learn theoretical concepts and develop practical skills that you can apply to any number of careers. From economics to communication, the BA in Applied Studies at Loyola University Chicago provides a solid foundation for your next step.

Learn from professionals who will bring their expertise and experience in the real world to the classroom. Our BA in Applied Studies faculty have worked or are working in organizational development, business consulting, technology, accounting, and more.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Continuing and Professional Studies faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Applied Studies BA program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Applied Studies BA program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Applied Studies BA learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your return to school a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

Tuition and Costs

Students in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies will likely have the ability to influence their total cost through the use of transfer credit and non-traditional credit. Please keep that in mind when reviewing the total cost for the Applied Studies BA below.

The estimated tuition and fees for the Applied Studies BA totals $91200.00, or 120 (includes Loyola academic credit and potential transfer credit and non-traditional credit) credit hours at a cost of $760.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

Applied Studies BA Scholarships

Degree-seeking students in the School of Continuing & Professional Studies (SCPS) who have completed the scholarship application will be considered for the many scholarship opportunities available to students each semester.

Achieve the Degree Scholarships include both merit and need-based scholarships. Newly-admitted undergraduate degree-seeking students can expect to receive $2,000 in their first semester while awards for current students range from $1,100 to $3,000 per semester.

Students receiving tuition reimbursement from their employer should also consider seeking admission to the SCPS Fellow Scholarship program that will match up to $5,250 per academic year the reimbursement total you're eligible to receive from your employer.

For detailed information about tuition, costs, and aid, please visit the SCPS Tuition & Financial Aid page.

Visit and Connect With Us

Take advantage of a variety of different visit opportunities to find your place in our Loyola community. Loyola offers graduate open houses, information sessions, individual appointments, open Zoom and text sessions, and a multitude of other ways to get to know us better.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Applied Studies BA are listed below. We encourage you to apply early as decisions may take longer during busy periods.

Rolling applications, recommended deadlines are:

Summer 2023: May 19, 2023
Fall I 2023: August 4, 2023
Fall II 2023: October 6, 2023
Spring I 2024: December 21, 2023
Spring II, 2024: February 23, 2024

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Applied Studies BA include:

  • 2.0 Minimum GPA

International Student Requirements

Additional information regarding the application process for international students can be found on the International Student Requirements page.

Additional Details

For general information and a step-by-step guide to applying for graduate and professional study, please visit our Admission Process page.

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