Catholic School Leadership MEd

About the Master's in School Leadership at Loyola

In an era of technological advancement, political division, and secular culture, highly effective Catholic school leaders are needed now more than ever. Prepare to meet the complex challenges of leading today's Catholic schools through the MEd in Catholic School Leadership at Loyola University Chicago.

Loyola's program will put you on the path to becoming a mission-driven, faith-based Catholic school leader who can promote the spiritual, academic, and social-emotional growth of your students.

You will learn from experienced faculty, many of whom have worked in Catholic high schools in key roles such as teachers and administrators. They will teach you how to build a resilient culture, implement data into decision making, manage faculty and staff, and communicate your school's Catholic mission in everything from curriculum to extracurricular activities.

Program Structure

The 33-credit-hour MEd in Catholic School Leadership can be pursued part time. Classes are all offered online with a synchronous and asychronous format on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings.

Why Choose Loyola for your Master's in Education in Catholic School Leadership?

You can count on a high-quality education through a master's in school leadership that is aligned with the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools (NSBECS), Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), and National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards.

Learn from the leaders you aspire to become

With many courses taught by seasoned Catholic school leaders, you will gain a perspective grounded in experience. You will also benefit from coaching embedded into your master's program from start to finish.

Prepare to be a faith leader as well as an instructional leader in Catholic schools through coursework that has Catholic identity woven throughout it. The program also infuses a reflective practice so you can develop into a reflective school leader.

As part of a close-knit cohort of students, you will build relationships and develop community, which is at the heart of the Catholic Church. Our learning community will be there to support you at Loyola and into your career in Catholic school leadership.

Grow as a Catholic leader at Loyola, a respected Jesuit Catholic university. The Loyola MEd in Catholic School Leadership emphasizes critical areas, such as developing relationships, shared ideals, data-driven action plans, and a strong Catholic culture.

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 Education faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Catholic School Leadership MEd program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Catholic School Leadership MEd 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 Catholic School Leadership MEd 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 graduate and professional studies 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.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Catholic School Leadership MEd totals $33825.00, or 33 credit hours at a cost of $1,025.00 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.

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More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

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

Priority: February 1
General: April 15

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Catholic School Leadership MEd include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Licensure

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Work Experience

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be 1-3 pages and describe your academic and research interests, professional goals, and life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice. This should include any research and professional experiences as well as how you have demonstrated transformational leadership throughout your P-12 experience.

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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