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Most courses are fully online or held on campus in the evenings, making it possible for you to work while furthering your education.
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St. Ambrose University program at Loras College
Courses are fully online or held on campus in the evenings, enabling you to work while furthering your education.
What does credit / non-credit bearing mean?
Credit-bearing programs are designed for you to earn college credits toward a future degree, to obtain licensure, or to meet prerequisites for further education. You receive a grade at the end of the semester and are eligible to obtain an official academic transcript.
Noncredit-bearing programs are designed for you to gain specialized skills to advance a career or facilitate a career change. Noncredit courses are not eligible for academic credit toward a degree program. You receive a certificate of completion issued by a professional organization at the end of the program. Course credits are measured in semester hours.
Graduate Programs FAQ
What if I’m still finishing up my bachelor’s degree?
Applicants who are undergraduate students in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree may be awarded a provisional acceptance to Loras’ graduate programs based on receipt of your in-progress, unofficial transcript and all other application materials.
Full acceptance is contingent upon receipt of the final, official transcript(s) and the conferred undergraduate degree.
If a program has a minimum GPA requirement, you must meet the minimum GPA at the time the undergraduate degree is conferred for full acceptance.
Is there on-campus housing for graduate students?
Loras-owned housing is available for graduate and postbaccalaureate students in Smyth Hall. Smyth is an alternative residence hall located in the center of campus. Smyth is comprised of single and triple rooms, and is also home to the religious studies and theology faculty. Amenities include:
- Free laundry facilities (washers and dryers)
- Free wifi
- Kitchen (stocked with pots, pans, baking sheets, etc.) on B level
- Rooms contain a bed/dresser/desk unit, desk chair, and wastebasket
- Beds are XL Twin sized, so students are encouraged to bring extra-long sheets
- Students may bring a mini-fridge under five cubic feet
- Heat is included, but A/C is not, so students are welcome to bring their own window air conditioning unit (must be 5000 BTU or less) or else a portable A/C unit.
- Basic cable is not provided, but students are welcome to bring a streaming device of their choice to use in Smyth.
Can I take some courses as a non-degree student?
Individuals who would like to take some graduate courses for professional development, continuing education credits, or just personal enrichment may take up to 9 graduate credits as a non-degree “Special” student.
Special students may not enroll in practicum, clinical, or internship courses without approval from the program director.
In order to enroll in the course(s):
- Complete the free Loras College Special Course Application. Select “Graduate Course” as the Course Registration Type. You will need to upload copies of your unofficial transcript(s) from each college/university attended before submitting the application.
- The transcripts will be evaluated by the Program Director to ensure that any necessary pre-requisite course requirements have been met.
- After review of the transcript(s), the Registrar’s Office will be in touch with information about your next steps.
• Please note that enrolled degree-seeking students have registration preference if a course is full.
• After the completion of 9 non-degree credits, a student must then apply for formal admission into the graduate program in order to move forward and take additional courses.
• Graduate courses completed by a Special student with a grade of B or better may be applied to a future graduate degree at Loras College with the approval of both the program director and the academic dean.
• Financial aid is not available to non-degree Special students.
• Students interested in any of Loras’ Professional Development programs should refer to the individual program webpage for application and enrollment instructions.
Is there an option for conditional admission?
A program director may require specific conditions be completed to meet the program requirements prior to full admission into a graduate program.
You may be awarded a conditional admission if the program director recommends the you complete additional undergraduate coursework to achieve a minimum GPA requirement of the program.
If you have not met all program requirements at the time of application, a student may be awarded a conditional admission per the discretion of the program director. Refer to the individual program policies and program directors for specific conditional admission policies.
What is a maximum course load per semester?
You are considered a full-time graduate student when enrolled in 6 credits per term. Please note, you only need to take at least 3 credits per term to be eligible for federal financial aid.
May I play a sport while in graduate school?
Graduate students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking master’s program to be eligible to participate in NCAA athletics at Loras.
Student athletes enrolled in one of our degree-seeking master’s programs need to have full-time status (taking at least 6 credits per term) during the semester(s) you’re practicing or competing in the sport. You also need to be making satisfactory progress towards your degree.
If you wants to participate in athletics while being enrolled less than full-time, you will need to work with your coaches to determine if you are eligible for a waiver.
Please note that while 6 credits per term is considered full-time for graduate students at Loras, you only need to take at least 3 credits per term in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.