Admission Application Steps

Step 1 - Apply Online!
Applications are submitted electronically (  Feel free to start the application and submit when you're ready.  You can return as many times as you like before completing/submitting.

We accept and review applications on a rolling basis throughout the year with a priority deadline of April 15 for Summer II term. Applications received after June 15 may have the option of a Fall start date instead.  (Summer II begins the last week in June.)

Submit or arrange for submission of four items:

  • Personal Statement of Intent (Questions prompts below and within the application.)
  • One set of official transcripts sent directly from your academic institution to LMU. (Directions below and within the application.)  A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution (or international equivalency) is required.
  • Name of at least one individual (up to two) who will submit a recommendation letter for you.  The application system will prompt you for the name, title, and email address of each recommender.  The application system will then send the individual(s) listed a personalized email for uploading the recommendation.
  • Current Resume.

Step 2 - Participate in a Meeting/Interview with the Program Director
Applicants that meet the program admission requirements in the initial paper screening of their submitted application will be contacted for participation in an interview.

Step 3 -  Receive Admission Notification
Applicants recommended for admission or waitlisted admission will sent a notification email from Graduate Admission Office generally within a week following the interview. Accepted candidates work with their academic advisor and program director for enrollment procedures and program guidance.

Application Details

Personal Statement of Intent Directions:  (Tips for Personal Statement)
In your personal statement of intent (2-3 pages, double spaced, 12-point font) please address the following:

  1. Please describe your reasons for applying for a masters in higher education administration program.
    How have your personal, academic, professional, leadership, and/or service experiences informed your
    decision to pursue a graduate degree in higher education?
  2. How do your personal, academic, professional, leadership, or service experiences provide a unique
    perspective that will contribute to the graduate program, the profession, or field of higher education?
  3. What are your future career goals/plans after earning this degree? How do you see yourself contributing
    to social justice in higher education?
  4. What is it specifically that draws you to LMU’s program?
    Applicants are encouraged to review and identify any connections between any of their responses to
    the questions above and the mission of the LMU School of Education Mission, Vision, and CoreValues and/or the LMU School of Education Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism, and JusticeInitiatives and Framework.

Tips for the two letters of recommendation:

  • Letters of recommendation ideally would be from a recent faculty member and/or current or recent supervisor(s).
  • Encourage your recommender(s) to focus on your personal qualities, along with your academic and leadership potential.
  • The online application system will ask you to input the name, title, and email address of your recommenders. The system will send out the request and instructions for uploading directly to your recommender.
  • Review optional tips for asking for a letter of recommendation.

Transcript Submission Directions:

We require one set of official transcripts from all colleges and universities you’ve previously attended where you earned a degree(s).  Please have these sent directly from your academic institution(s) to LMU (  A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or international equivalency) is required for all graduate degree programs.  International degrees require additional evaluation of the degree by an approved international degree evaluation agency.  For institutions that do not provide electronic transcripts, they can be mailed directly to Graduate Admission Office, Loyola Marymount University, Charles Von der Ahe Suite 235, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

International candidates whose citizenship is from a country where English is not a primary language are further required to submit English proficiency test scores from either TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO.