Admission Application Steps

Step 1 - Apply Online!
Applications are submitted electronically (graduate.lmu.edu/apply/).  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.)
  • Names of two individuals who will submit recommendation letters 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 individuals 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 Directions:
In your personal statement of intent (3-4 pages, double spaced, 12-point font) please address the following:
1. How have your life and professional experiences informed your decision to pursue a graduate degree in higher education?
2. What leadership and academic qualities will you bring to the higher education program?
3. What leadership and/or academic qualities need further development?
4. Why do you want to study in the LMU higher education program?
5. How will you contribute to the mission of the LMU School of Education?
6. What are your future goals/plans as they relate to higher education leadership?

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 recommenders 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.

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 (graduateadmission@lmu.edu).  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.