Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What degrees do you offer?
A: We offer Master's and Ph.D. degrees.

Q: Where are you located?
A: The Integrative Cell Biology Program is located at Loyola University Chicago's Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, IL, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago and about one-half mile south of the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) on First Avenue.

Q: What is the deadline for applying to your Master's program?
A: We will review Master's applications as soon as the application package is completed. However, the admission committee will begin formally evaluating applications in December. Competitive applicants will be contacted for a video-call interview. Students will be informed about their status soon after the committee's decision is made.

Q: Can I enter the Master's degree program during the Spring semester?
A: No. We admit students into our Master's degree program for Fall semesters only. We initiate our program of study at the beginning of August.

Q: What if I have low GRE scores or a low GPA. Can you tell me whether I should consider applying?
A: You should always consider applying. Once the graduate school receives your completed application, the committee will evaluate your entire package (GRE scores, GPA, letters of recommendation, research experiences). We look at all aspects of your application to make our admission decisions.

Q: Will I have the opportunity for a personal interview, and if so, how will I be notified of interview dates?
A: The Admissions Committee will notify you if you have been selected to interview. MS applicants will be responsible for costs associated with the visit.

Q: When do you interview prospective students?
A: As often as we can, we will work with prospective students to find a mutually convenient day for the interview. The interview can also take place via telephone of video call.

Q: Is there any way that the GRE test requirement can be waived?
A:  Formally, all applicants are required to provide their GRE score. However, there are situations in which the admission committee will consider the MCAT test results.

Q: What is your GRE code?
A: 1412

Q: What should be included in the statement of purpose?
A: The statement of purpose should include information about your reasons for wanting to obtain a Master’s degree and the future direction you like to pursue with the degree.

Q: Is there financial aid? / What is the tuition?
A: We do not provide a stipend for MS students. However, you could work with Loyola's financial aid office to secure a student loan. Find for more information about Tuition and Fees.

Q: What about health insurance?
A: Students must provide proof of health insurance. Group health insurance is available through the university.

Q: Is there housing available?
A: While the Medical Center does not have on-site housing, there are many varied and affordable accommodations in the suburbs surrounding the Medical Center all within easy reach by public transportation.

Q: What are the GRE/TOEFL requirements?
A: We prefer to evaluate our candidates in their totality rather than by any single measure.

Q: I'm an international applicant. Are there any special requirements for me?
A: For full consideration, applications that include undergraduate transcripts from non-U.S. schools must also include a professional interpretation/evaluation of the relevant transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) from Missing such an evaluation may result in an incomplete application and a delay in committee’s decision. Applicants with a specific question should contact the Graduate School for clarification.