Research Methodology MA

About the Research Methodology Master's Program at Loyola

Numbers tell a story. At Loyola, we believe data tells the story of the human experience, including the causes of pressing social problems. In Loyola's MA in Research Methodology program, you'll learn how to look at numbers in context and use data to address social inequities.

In the program, we'll challenge you to approach research from a social justice lens, using data to highlight the systematic and personal characteristics that contribute to disparities—and then leveraging your findings to offset them and effect positive change.

Program Structure

The online research methodology program can be pursued full-time or part-time. Full-time students can complete the coursework in three semesters of study. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.

Why Choose Loyola for Your MA in Research Methodology?

In Loyola's master's program in research methodology, you'll learn how to leverage data to challenge inequities and create change in communities and organizations. You'll use the latest research techniques to approach social and organizational challenges and study alongside PhD-level students in many of your courses, preparing you for doctoral-level work and several other career paths.

Two certification options

Get ahead of the curve and enhance your career options with two exceptional certificate programs that complement the program. Learn how to apply cutting-edge quantitative techniques in an academic or research setting in Loyola's Measurement & Quantitative Methodology Certificate program. Or, gain expertise in using data to make decisions in nonprofits, schools, and other organizations in the Organizational Evaluation Certificate program.

Learn in Loyola's School of Education, which serves more than 1,000 graduate students in master's degree, educational specialist, certificate, and doctoral programs. The School of Education is well-established in preparing social justice-focused and promotes the Jesuit ideals of quality, intellectual rigor, and service to others.

Learn from faculty who will help you develop marketable skills. From program evaluation to meta-analysis, our faculty have specialized knowledge that keeps them—and their students—at the forefront of the field.

Go on to pursue doctoral study or apply your skills in institutional research, medical centers, research firms, social service organizations, school districts, and countless other settings after completing your MA in Research Methodologies.

You can choose from a wide range of qualitative and quantitative courses—and you'll have access to the same advanced-level classes that our PhD students take.

Gain experience creating original scholarship and contributing to the field. You can choose to complete a thesis that focuses on the applicatino of methods to a substantive area (e.g. higher education, social work, curriculum instruction) or can focus on investigating the methods.

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 Research Methodology MA program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Research Methodology MA 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 Research Methodology MA 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

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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 Research Methodology MA totals $30750.00, or 30 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.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

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

Priority: February 15
General: May 1

Please note that applications are not reviewed until the deadline passes, and decisions are typically made no later than two months after the deadline.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Research Methodology MA include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be no more than 2 pages (double spaced) and describe your academic and research interests, professional goals, and views of social justice in relation to these interests and goals.

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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