Professional + Continuing Studies

The Office of Professional & Continuing Studies (PCS) coordinates with departments across campus to carry out Loyola’s commitment to serve the educational needs of working adults, and offer flexible study across colleges for Loyola's Evening Programs and during Loyola’s Summer Sessions. It is the responsibility of this office to provide the adult student with the information, skills and knowledge necessary to begin or to advance in a variety of professional areas.

The individual majors provide the adult student with the information, skills, and knowledge necessary to begin or to advance in a variety of professional areas. Evening courses are offered in a variety of formats such as online and hybrid, as well as on Loyola’s main campus in New Orleans.

Overview

Use the links below to navigate Professional and Continuing Studies programs and important policies:

 

Programs

The Office of Professional and Continuing Studies works with the Department of Criminology & Justice, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Nursing to offer and facilitate adult & non-traditional learners' enrollment in the following programs. 

Academic Programs

 

Non-Credit Certificate Programs

Below are links to non-credit certificate programs:

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Admission Requirements

Your admission application includes the following items:

  1. A completed application for undergraduate admission.
  2. A statement of your educational objectives and reasons for wishing to attend Loyola (150-word minimum).
  3. Official transcripts from every college or university you have attended, even if you did not receive credit. If you have not completed at least 12 hours of college credit or more, we will also need your official high school or GED transcripts.
  4. If you are not yet 22 years of age and have not completed 12 hours of college credit from an accredited institution, official ACT or SAT scores are required.

Regular admission cannot be guaranteed without the above.

NOTE: All college, high school and GED transcripts must be received in the original sealed, unopened envelope from all institutions where course work was completed for the transcripts to be considered official.

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Advising

Each degree-seeking student is assigned both a faculty and staff advisor who will assist the student in achieving his or her educational and career goals by providing quality academic advising which strives to educate the whole person. Students are encouraged to meet with one or both of their advisors regularly during each term and especially prior to registration.

Composition Requirement

All degree-seeking students are required to demonstrate competency at the ENGL T122 level. Students placed in ENGL A100 (Expository Writing), upon successful completion of this course, will be required to complete ENGL T122.

Transfer students who have completed a course equivalent to ENGL T122 with a grade of C (2.0) or better are not required to take the English Placement Test, as their transfer course will be used to meet the ENGL T122 requirement. Students are required to complete the composition requirement by their third semester of enrollment. It is recommended that the course be scheduled as early as possible in students’ careers at the university.

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Curriculum Design

The curriculum is divided into four basic components, and although all students have the same basic core requirements, each degree program has specific requirements in the major and adjunct areas.

Major courses are those courses in particular disciplines, which lead to a bachelor’s degree.

Adjunct courses are those required courses in areas supportive of the major.

General Education requirements are those courses, which, in the liberal arts tradition, ensure the degree-seeking student a well-rounded education. All degree-seeking GPS students are eligible to particpate in the following core course requirements, called the Modified Loyola Core (30 hours total):

Foundations Courses: 

Loyola Core Section Course Number & Name Credit Hours
English  ENGL T122 Critical Reading & Writing 3 crs.
Mathematics MATH T122 Math Models OR
MATH A1125 Finite Math
3 crs.
Science SCIE T129 Investigating Nature 3 crs. 
Foundations Courses Total: 9 crs. 

Knowledge & Values Courses

Loyola Core Section Course Number & Name Credit Hours
Creative Arts & Cultures Select from courses numbered: O299 - O499 3 crs.
Writing About Literature Select from courses numbered:
N200 - N499
3 crs.
Social Sciences Select from courses numbered:
X200 - X499
3 crs.
History HIST T122 Global History I OR
HIST T124 Global History II
3 crs.
Religious Studies RELS I Christian Traditions
Select from courses numbered: 
RELS S200 - S499
3 crs. 
Introduction to the Philosophy of
Reasoning
Select from courses numbered
PHIL R122 - R199 
3 crs. 
Philosophy II or RELS II Select one course from Philosophy II or Religious Studies II: 
PHIL U200-U499 OR
PHIL W200 - W499 OR 
RELS II V200 - V499
3 crs. 
Knowledge & Values Section Total:  21 crs.

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Course Load

Most students attend school on a part-time basis and carry six to nine credit hours. A student may not carry more than 12 credit hours unless he or she obtains permission from the Director of the Office of Professional & Continuing Studies.

 

Evening, Distance, and Online Courses

Classes are offered in a variety of formats and time frames. Most classes meet once a week, either in an eight-week format or for an entire semester. Loyola also offers video-based, Internet-assisted, and online courses.

 

Minimum Writing Standard

It is the student's responsibility to submit written work that demonstrates intellectual originality, appropriate writing style, grammatical correctness, and an ability to research a subject in order for a paper/assignment to be considered worthy of a passing grade.

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Non-Credit Certificate Programs

Non-credit Certificate Programs allow students in specific fields to complete continuing-education units on their way to completion of the following certificates. 

 

Prerequisites for Specific Courses

Some courses offered at Loyola have specific prerequisites, where introductory or survey courses exist. Those courses are required to be completed before any of the higher numbered courses may be scheduled. Students must receive permission from the instructor before enrolling for courses for which they do not have the necessary prerequisites. Otherwise, the instructor may require that they withdraw from the class.

Students not enrolled in degree programs may register for courses without regard to the prerequisites subject to the approval of the instructor.

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Requirements for Degree

In addition to the general requirements for graduation as detailed in this bulletin specific requirements for each degree program are set forth in the following pages. A 2.0 or higher grade point average is required for graduation. Unless special permission is granted by the dean to pursue work elsewhere, the last 30 credit hours must be completed at Loyola; the final 24 hours must be successfully completed in in the student’s respective college. Additionally, a student must earn a 2.0 in his or her major. A minimum of 50 percent of the courses in the major must be successfully completed at Loyola University. Students may pursue two majors concurrently at Loyola. Students pursuing a double major must complete the respective college’s core requirements as well as the major and adjunct requirements for both programs of study as set forth in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Students who complete the requirements for two majors will receive only one degree from Loyola. The transcript will indicate which bachelor’s degree was awarded as well as the two majors that were completed.

Students may pursue a minor, provided that the minor is not a discipline included in the major. For example, a criminal justice major may not minor in sociology, as required sociology courses make up a portion of the major. If the minor is not completed by graduation, the minor will not be indicated on the transcript. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required in the minor.

Students interested in pursuing a double major or a minor should consult with their academic adviser and the Office of Professional Studies.

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Student Complaints

Problems between students and faculty members should be resolved quickly and amicably. If a student believes he or she has been aggrieved by the performance or actions of a faculty member, the student should first consult the faculty member regarding the complaint. If this consultation proves unsatisfactory, the student should then pursue a conference with the director or coordinator of the program/department in which the course is offered. If the student believes that the problem has not been resolved, he or she should consult the dean (College of Arts & Sciences or College of Graduate & Professional Studies) by submitting a written complaint specifying the particular performance or action precipitating the complaint, along with a narrative of remedial steps taken.

If the dean determines that the matter requires consideration, the dean will provide a copy of the student’s complaint to the faculty member involved and will request from the faculty member a written response to the complaint, as well as steps taken to resolve the complaint. The dean will review the student’s complaint and the faculty member’s response and render a final decision regarding how the complaint will be resolved.

NOTE: In the case of a disputed final grade, refer to the appropriate university bulletin under Grade Appeals.

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Verbal & Written Communication

Students whose writing and speaking ability may require enhancement may be, at the recommendation of the instructor, assigned supplementary work, without academic credit, varying in amount commensurate with the needs of the student. If the work prescribed is equivalent to a course, the regular tuition fee is charged. Students may also contact the Writing Across the Curriculum center to access academic resources specifically geared to strengthen their writing capability. The granting of a degree may be delayed for failure to make up a deficiency in English writing and conversation to the satisfaction of the dean of the respective college.

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