What will I learn?

We believe that data tells the story of the human experience

In Loyola's Research Metholodology Program, we look at numbers in context. Unlike in math or statistics, where a number is the final answer, we know that numbers tell a story. We challenge our students to use data to highlight the systematic and personal characteristics that contribute to social inequities and leverage the findings to devise ways to offset those inequities.

Our commitment to you

Upon graduation with a master of arts degree in research methodology from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to commence work as data analysts, evaluators, or institutional researchers for academic institutions, professional organizations, testing companies, and consulting agencies.


You will develop expertise in evaluation, statistics, and measurement, and recognize when research findings are being misrepresented or data misused. You'll also learn how numbers relate to action, policy, and advocacy.


You will be able to critically evaluate bodies of knowledge from a variety of methodological traditions, use a variety of software programs to implement analyses, and assist with all stages of a research study in applied settings.


We strive to ensure that our graduates never lose sight of the humanity that number reflect, and become responsible researchers whose conclusions align with their findings. You will engage in ethical, just, and culturally competent research practices


Completion of the MA degree program requires 24 semester hours of graduate credit. Up to 12 semester hours may be accepted for previously completed work.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (24 semester hours)

Tuition fees
USD $970 per credit hour
Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

18 January 2022


School of Education

Loyola University Chicago,

820 N. Michigan Ave, Lewis Towers 11th Floor,



60611, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The Graduate School welcomes applications from international students who have completed a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent.

For international students

Applicants seeking admission must have a undergraduate degree.

English language requirements:

For the TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test or 550 on the written test is required. The minimum score for the new TOEFL IBT (internet-based test) is 79.

For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required.


Fall: May 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.