Centers + Institutes

Loyola Marymount University is home to 17 interdisciplinary research centers and institutes committed to living out the LMU mission through collaborative inquiry and collective action. In these diverse centers and institutes, LMU students and faculty wrestle with some of the most pressing social, economic and spiritual issues of our time. We work to promote social justice and ethical decision making, build a healthier and more prosperous Los Angeles, spur innovation and entrepreneurship, and find meaning and truth in our faith traditions.

  • Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination

    The Academic of Catholic Thought and Imagination is a center for interdisciplinary research and creative work on contemporary issues in the humanities, arts, sciences and professions in open dialogue with the Catholic intellectual tradition.

  • Bioethics Institute

    The Bioethics Institute engages faculty from across LMU — experts in law, economics, medicine, philosophy, public policy and more — to offer both an M.A. in Bioethics and a Graduate Certificate in Bioethics.

  • Center for Asian Business

    This Center for Asian Business provides opportunities for both LMU students and faculty to explore the cross-cultural dynamics of doing business in Asia and the U.S. The center sponsors two undergraduate courses that include travel to Asia, an undergraduate summer research scholarship and several faculty research fellowships.

  • Center for Catholic Education

    The Center for Catholic Education brings together a broad range of programs — including the PLACE Corps, master’s level and doctoral education programs — to advance PK-12 education and provides solutions to the challenges facing Catholic education in Los Angeles and the nation.

  • Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL)

    The Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) is committed to pursuing equity and excellence in the education of English Learners by transforming schools and educational systems through the Center's research and professional development programs, including certificate programs, doctoral fellowships and the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice.

  • Center for Ignatian Spirituality

    The Center for Ignatian Spirituality serves as a resource for those seeking to develop their personal spirituality. Programs and services include a nine-month series of meetings for LMU faculty and staff called The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for Busy Persons.

  • Center for International Business Education (CIBE)

    Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for International Business Education (CIBE) supports programs, instruction and research on issues of importance to U.S. trade and competitiveness. LMU CIBE emphasizes transformative education in the areas of global sustainability and business ethics; global talent development and foreign business language education; innovative global marketing; and international entrepreneurship.

  • Center for Math and Science Teaching (CMAST)

    CMAST is dedicated to strengthening science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by creating rigorous, active, connected and continuously student-directed classrooms where risk taking and mathematical and scientific thinking flourish. Professional development resources for teachers include the CMAST Teacher Leadership (TL) Certificate.

  • Center for Religion and Spirituality

    The Center for Religion and Spirituality provides educational opportunities for adult learners — through certificate and workshops on theology, pastoral leadership, yoga and more —that strengthen their religious and spiritual formation as ministers, educators, and leaders committed to the service of faith and the promotion of justice in their own communities.

  • Center for Service and Action

    The Center for Service and Action connects LMU students, faculty and staff with rewarding and engaging service opportunities in our L.A. community and beyond.

  • Center for the Study of Los Angeles

    Through the Center, LMU undergraduates gain hands-on experience conducting community-based research, including exit polling to better understand the complex racial and ethnic politics of Los Angeles. The Center also hosts the Forecast LA lecture series and annual conference and sponsors four undergraduate courses on urban politics.

  • Center for Teaching Excellence

    The Center for Teaching Excellence supports academic excellence at LMU by enhancing the teaching and learning process through a wide range of services to all faculty including teaching workshops, consultations with Master Teachers and grants.

  • Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation

    CUTP advises and supports LMU undergraduates interested in a teaching career through academic planning, information sessions, service projects and a supportive campus community.

  • Center for Urban Resilience (CURes)

    CURes is committed to improving the quality of life in our urban communities, especially those that have been historically underserved. Leveraging expertise in science, policy, ethics, natural history, urban planning and educational practices, CURes provides interdisciplinary opportunities for scholarship, teaching and community program development.

  • CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice

    Operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, the CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice offers a forum for dialogue, a place of education and a resource for reflective action, to promote unity among all persons and with God.

  • Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship

    Home to LMU’s top-ranked undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program, the Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship also hosts the Business Incubator, the annual Pitch Competition and more opportunities for LMU students to develop original business ideas.

  • Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainability

    The Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainability (IBES) at Loyola Marymount University was founded to advance student learning, academic research and stakeholder engagement in ethics and sustainability for the 21st century organization. Affirming the vital role of business in the service of human development, IBES understands that sustainability – business, social and environmental – needs to be the mission and strategic focus of every business enterprise. With an emphasis on ethical decision-making, social responsibility and environmental sustainability, IBES brings business leaders, scholars and community members together to enhance student learning, business success and community partnership.

  • Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture, and Arts

    The Marymount Institute preserves the transformative educational tradition of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) and promotes dialogue between faith and culture as expressed in the fine, performing, literary and communication arts.