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. Ranked in the top 6% of online undergraduate degrees nationwide by U.S. News and World Report (2024), you will have access to innovative and impactful virtual learning experiences at Loyola.

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.

2024-2025 Catalog
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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 variety of estimated total cost options for the Applied Studies BA below.

On average, students in the Applied Studies BA program transfer 60 credit hours to Loyola and 11 hours of non-traditional credit. We can accept and apply up to 36 credit hours of non-traditional credit (CLEP, DSST, and American Council on Education).

Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

Credit HoursCost Per Credit HourEstimated Total Tuition and Fees
45 (Minimum number of credit hours completed at Loyola.)$790.00$35,550.00
71 (Average number of credit hours completed at Loyola.)$790.00$56,090.00
120 (Maximum number of credit hours completed at Loyola. Please note that this number does not include any potential transfer credit or non-traditional credit.)$790.00$94,800.00

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.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Applied Studies BA are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall I: August 5
Fall II: Oct 5
Spring I: Dec 21
May 20

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Applied Studies BA include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2.0 Minimum GPA

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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